Large Cap Stocks

Adobe Systems (ADBE) $68.53 +0.53%

Adobe attracts heavy trading. The stock is seeing volatile action and is up 42 cents to $68.59 after quarterly results were leaked early. The software-maker released better-than-expected EPS and the numbers were out 20 minutes ago, instead of after the closing bell. March 72.5 calls on Adobe a seeing a flurry of activity, 16,820 traded. [...]

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Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (PEG) $36.95 +0.43%

Impressive call volume in Public Enterprises. The stock is up just 15 cents to $36.94 and a flurry of smaller sweeps of Jun 35 calls traded on the Newark, New Jersey utility company in midday and afternoon trading. Some traded for $2.30 early and, more recently, the calls have been trading for $2.70 and $2.75. [...]

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Hewlett Packard Co (HPQ) $30.54 +3.60%

Higher call volume in Hewlett Packard. The stock is up 3.6% to $30.56 and seeing relative strength on an analyst upgrade today. On the options front, March 40.5 calls, which are 6 cents in-the-money and expiring at the end of this week, are the most actives in H-P options. 19,090 traded against 366 in open [...]

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Mattel Inc (MAT) $38.21 +1.46%

Mattel attracts bullish options volume. The stock is up 54 cents to $38.20 and midday sweeps of Mar 38s printed for 40 and 50 cents per contract. Volume at that strike is 3,905 against 854 in open interest. The contract is 20 cents in-the-money and expiring at the end of the week.

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Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.86 +1.17%

Bullish play on Blackstone. The stock is up 45 cents to $33.92 and one investor sold 20,770 Apr 32 puts on the private equity firm, down to 53 cents per contract. It’s opening and seems to be expressing confidence that shares will hold above $32 over the next four and a half weeks. BX is [...]

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) $39.66 +4.23%

Microsoft sees a flurry of options activity. The stock is up 4.5% to $39.75 in active trading of 22.8 million shares after Reuters reported that the software giant may unveil an Office version for iPad on Mar 27. 155,000 calls and 49,000 puts traded on the stock, which is more than 2X the daily average. [...]

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Viacom Inc (VIAB) $88.96 +0.82%

Viacom call volume spikes with large roll of bullish view on CBOE. Customer sold 5000 March 90 calls for 20c, which appears to close a trade from December when shares were near $85, and bought 2500 June 95 calls to open for $1.60. Traded outright and appears to extend a long view that has been [...]

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ConocoPhillips (COP) $67.81 +0.77%

Increased call activity in Conoco Phillips. The stock is up 49 cents to $67.78 and the flow is focused on April 70 calls. Smaller lots printed early for 30, 33, and 34 cents, then a 9100-lot printed for 35 cents when the bid-ask was 33 to 35 cents. Volume at that strike is 15,285 against [...]

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Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) $94.89 +0.60%

Exxon Mobile attracts a big call buyer. The stock is up 43 cents to $94.75 and one of 24 Dow stocks moving higher in morning trading. On the options front, a 10160-lot of Apr 100s is bought on the oil giant for 21 cents per contract. It might cover some of a position opened on [...]

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General Motors Company (GM) $34.62 +1.55%

GM options remain actively traded. The stock is up 50 cents to $34.59 after being driven lower last week on news vehicles were being recalled due to an ignition problem. In early options action Monday, an investor sold a 5800-lot of Jun 35 calls on GM at $1.82 per contract (tied to stock). Volume at [...]

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