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Altera Corp (ALTR) $43.77 +26.59%

Big win for short-term call buyers in Altera. The stock is up 25% to $43.15 after the WSJ reported that Intel is interested in buying the company. Just as the news broke, nearly 3,000 Apr 36 calls on ALTR printed for 35 cents when the market was 25 to 35 cents. The stock has since [...]

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American Realty Capital Properties Inc (ARCP) $9.87 -0.30%

American Realty Capital Properties call options outpace puts 25:1. Shares dropped a nickel to $9.85 and nearly 18,000 Apr 10 calls on the REIT have changed hands. Weekly (4/10) 10, Jul 8, and Apr 8 calls are the next most actives. Total volume is 27,000 calls and 1,100 puts. Shares have been grinding higher in [...]

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Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK) $14.02 -1.41%

Relative weakness and increased put activity in Chesapeake today. Shares are off 22 cents to $14 and one investor buys a 5400-lot of Jun 13 puts on the natural gas producer for 93 cents per contract. 10,100 traded at that strike. The activity is opening. Jun 10, May 13, and May 11 puts are the [...]

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Rite Aid Corp (RAD) $8.47 +3.29%

Rite Aid attracts higher call voume as shares gain 28 cents to $8.48. The stock is back within striking distance of last summer’s 52-week highs of $8.62 after a two-week 13.8% rally. 55,000 calls and 2,250 puts traded on the retailer. The top trade is a 12000-lot of Apr 9 calls, sold at 35 cents, [...]

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Apollo Education Group Inc (APOL) $19.18 -0.16%

Apollo attracts call buyers as shares try to rebound from 52-week lows. The stock is off 3 cents to $19.18 and a 1910-lot of Aug 21 calls on the education company is bought for $1.30 on ISE. More than 3,000 traded at that strike against 112 in open interest. 800 Aug 22 calls on APOL [...]

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Mattel Inc (MAT) $22.70 -0.24%

Active trading in Mattel options. The stock is off a nickel to $22.72 and the top trades on the toy company are in the longer-term 2017 options, as the 28 – 37 call spread is being opened for $1, 2400X. Separately, A May 21 – 24 bullish risk-reversal is opened for 17 cents, 1020X on [...]

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Jive Software Inc (JIVE) $5.16 +2.58%

Massive put write will double the aggregate open interest in Jive Software options. The stock is up 14 cents to $5.17 and 54,348 May 5 puts on the software-maker are sold at 25 cents per contract, outright. Existing open interest in JIVE is 27,000 calls and 24,000 puts. The May 5 puts are the largest [...]

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Macerich Co (MAC) $85.91 -1.21%

Bullish trading in Macerich. The stock is down 62 cents to $86.34 and an investor buys a 4600-lot of Apr 90 calls on the retail REIT for $1.70 per contract. More than 6,000 traded and the flow appears to repeat from yesterday, which resulted in a 2930 increase in open interest and included a buyer [...]

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BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) $9.55 +2.69%

Big print in Blackberry options as shares gain 21 cents to $9.51 on earnings. A 10423-lot of Jun 9 puts on the mobile device-maker trades for 64 cents when the bid-ask was 62 to 64 cents. 12,500 traded total, making it the sixth most active equity option today (the five most actives are all expiring [...]

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Dollar General Corporation (DG) $75.74 +1.28%

Dollar General with relative strength and early call buyers. The stock is up $1.14 to $75.92 and recent trades on the retailer include a 500-lot of Weekly (4/10) 77.5 calls for 35 cents. Weekly (4/10) 76.5 and 77 calls are seeing opening activity as well. The options expire in two weeks and do not capture [...]

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