Relative strength and increased call activity in Target. The stock is up 60 cents to $66.32 and Nov 67 calls on the retailer have traded 2,444 contracts vs. 129 in open interest. Another 1,335 Weekly (11/14) 67 calls traded vs. 0 open interest. The company reports earnings on 11/19 and saw a two-day spike Friday-Monday [...]
Higher put volume in Hertz. The stock is up 34 cents to $22.35 after the company announced yesterday that it would delay its earnings release (which was expected yesterday). The stock has seen little reaction to the news and, in the options market, one player bought the Nov – Dec 21 put spread on the [...]
Second day of active shopping for Walmart call options. The stock is up $1.13 to $79.90 and the best gainer in the Dow today ahead of earnings, due Thursday morning. 53,000 calls traded on the retailer Friday on unconfirmed chatter activists are pushing Walmart to spin off Sams Club (see 11/7 color). In the options [...]
Cisco Nov 24 puts see interest for a second day. One player apparently bought-to-open 20,700 contracts for 26 cents yesterday morning. 26,800 traded total and open interest increased by more than 23K. Shares are off 3 cents to $25.23 this morning and 4,700 of the same puts were swept across multiple exchanges for 22 cents. [...]
Peabody energy heats up along with the coal sector after Republicans seized the Senate yesterday. BTU is up 15 cents to $10.44 and recent trades on BTU include a sweep of 4,333 Jan 10 calls for $1.21 when the market was $1.13 to $1.21. It opens. 5,497 changed hands total.
Calls outpace puts in Plug Power by 10:1. The stock is up 9% to $5.16 in active trading of 12 million shares amid relative strength in alternative electrical/battery names (BLDP and FCEL are also rallying). 26,000 calls and 2,600 puts traded in PLUG. 4,800 Weekly (11/7) 5.5 calls traded in the name. Dec 5, Weekly [...]
Twitter options volume twice normal with earnings an hour away. On pace for 400K contracts today with calls leading puts 4:3 and 61% of today’s volume in weeklys that expire this Friday. Shares near 48.60, the center of their 52wk range of 30.50 to 73.31, and today’s volume is on track for the best since [...]
FireEye Weekly (11/7) 32 calls trade 3086 contracts. With the stock up 20 cents to $31.08, the top trade is a 2000-lot for $1.70 on PHLX when bid-ask was $1.45 to $1.70. Looks like a new position and will capture a Nov 4 earnings report.
AMD attracts another day of high put volume. Shares are up a nickel to $2.69 and one player bought 11,000 Apr 2 puts on the chipmaker for 14 cents per contract. Then another 4600 were bought for 14 cents. 15,740 traded at that strike and the buying appears opening. Some of the flow might be [...]
Southwest sees higher call volume. Shares are off 23 cents to $33.97 and moved off this morning highs of $35.35 after the company updated guidance in a post-earnings conference call. One player sold a 12000-lot of Nov 37 calls as shares lost altitude midday and was possibly closing a bullish position opened in recent days [...]