Large Cap Stocks

JP Morgan Chase and Company (JPM) $66.71 +1.05%

Big Ratio spread in JP Morgan seems to be expressing a bullish outlook for shares of the bank. The stock is up 72c to $66.74 and an investor sells 10,500 Jul 65 calls on JP Morgan at $2.64 and buys 22,000 Jul 70 calls for 42c. It appears the spread has traded 15000X30000 on the [...]

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Ford Motor Company (F) $15.18 -0.52%

Sizable sweep of Ford short-term options. The stock is off a dime to $15.16 after a day of forward and reverse action on monthly auto sales numbers yesterday. Jun 12 Weekly 15.5 calls on the automaker are swept across multiple exchanges for 6c, 17200X. The market was 4 to 6c. The action continues and total [...]

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AT&T (T) $35.05 +2.01%

Big time spread in AT&T. The stock is up 66c to $35.02 and the Jun – Jul 35 call spread on the telecomm trades for 27c, 14000X. An investor apparentlly bought the spread 40000X today. More than 48K Jun 35 and 60K Jul 35 calls have now changed hands. The spread trading might be rolling [...]

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McDonalds Corp (MCD) $96.61 +0.33%

Big call write in McDonald’s looks like a closing trade. The stock is up 28c to $96.57 and 24K Jun 97.5s on the fast food company are sold at $1.04 per contract. Open interest is 46.6K and the contract expires in 16 days. Trade history shows a buyer opening a position in 24.65K contracts for [...]

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Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD) $114.46 +0.46%

Big print in Gilead Sciences looks like a closing trade. The stock is up 71c to $114.65 and 13.8K Jun26 Weekly 106 puts on the biotech are bought for 47c per contract. It appears to cover from 5/22 when the stock was at $112.21 and 13.8K of the same puts were sold-to-open at $1.06.

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Twenty First Century Fox Inc (FOXA) $33.56 +0.46%

Hefty options combo in 20th Century Fox. The stock is up 20c to $33.61 and the Jan 28 – 40 bearish risk-reversal on the entertainment company is bought for 25c, 20000X. Open interest is sufficient to cover, but with the stock roughly midway between the two strikes, it might be a new position and possibly [...]

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Zoetis Inc (ZTS) $49.74 +0.32%

Repeat activity in Zoetis. The stock is up 17c to $49.75 and the Oct 46 – 55 bullish risk-reversal on the animal pharmaceutical company trades for a dime, 1500X, and 15c, 1500X, on ISE. Data from ISEE indicate a customer is selling puts to buy calls and, if so, it’s adding to the 3500 from [...]

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Yum Brands Inc (YUM) $92.00 +2.37%

Short term buyers getting fat in YUM Brands calls. Shares up nearly 2% to $91.83 and 91 and 92.5 calls that expire in two days are leading the flow. Sweep buyer paid 57c for 500 June 5 91 calls early in the day when shares were near 90.65, and more recent sweeps include a buyer [...]

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Walmart Stores Inc (WMT) $74.90 +0.50%

Walmart attracts early call buying. The stock is up 44c to $74.97 and 10K Jul 75s on the retailer are bought for $1.32 per contract. It opens. Separately, 6,500 Jul 72.5 calls on Walmart are swept across multiple exchanges for $2.92 when the market was 2.67 to 2.92. It also opens. Bullish positions are being [...]

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Time Warner (TWX) $85.69 +1.14%

Bullish combos in Time Warner options Wednesday morning. The stock is up 75c to $85.47 and recent trades on the media company include a Jan 75 – 90 risk-reversal for $1.25, 2000X on AMEX. The same combo traded earlier for $1.35, 5000X on ISE and ISEE data confirm that a customer is selling puts to [...]

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