Large Cap Stocks

Ingersoll Rand Plc (IR) $60.86 -6.43%

Hefty premium purchase in Ingersoll Rand. The stock is down $4.06 to $60.94 on disappointing earnings and an investor seizes the weakness to buy 20K Dec 62.5 calls on the Irish machinery company for $3.20 per contract. The $6.4M premium purchase doesn’t appear tied to stock and will nearly double the aggregate open interest in [...]

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Facebook Inc (FB) $94.56 +0.38%

One player in the options market likes Facebook ahead of earnings. With shares up 38c to $94.55, 12K Weekly 87.5 puts on the social media company are sold at $1.52 to buy 12K Weekly 97.5 – 107 call spreads for $2. The position is maybe a short-term stock replacement trade and is tied to 1.2M [...]

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LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB) $92.11 +2.46%

Big spread in Lyondell Basell appears to be a position adjustment. The stock is up $1.75 to $91.60 on earnings news and the Jan 95 – 100 call spread on the chemicals company trades for $2, 26000X. A buyer initiated the trade and is probably rolling a block of Jan 100 calls, at $3.30 today, [...]

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EOG Resources Inc (EOG) $76.09 +3.99%

EOG Resources with opening options action. The stock is up $2.70 to $75.89 after notching 52-week lows of $72.86 yesterday and 4.5K Aug 77.5 calls on the oil and natural gas company traded for $2.25 when the bid-ask was 2.17 to 2.28. A buyer is apparently opening a position and volume at that strike is [...]

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Vodafone Group (VOD) $36.66 +0.11%

Higher volume in Vodafone driven by in-the-money put spreads. The stock is up a nickel to $36.66 and the Aug 38 – 39 put spread on the telecomm has traded for 85c across multiple exchanges, 5295X. A customer is buying-to-open, according to ISEE data, and apparently looking for shares to hold below $38 through the [...]

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Yahoo Inc (YHOO) $37.38 -1.27%

The biggest equity options block so far today is 8K Yahoo Jan 48 calls. The options were sold at 36c along with the purchase of 4K Jan 42 calls for $1.41. If opening, the 1X2, for 69c, is targeting a rebound back to $48 through mid-January. Shares have been chopping lower since earnings were reported [...]

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Mylan NV (MYL) $54.04 -4.05%

Notable spread in Mylan Labs as shares extend losses. The stock is down 3.1% to $54.60 this morning after losing 14.1% yesterday when Teva dropped its bid to acquire the company. On the options front, one investor appears to be anticipating a rebound during the rest of 2015, as 2.3K Jan 50 puts on Mylan [...]

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AbbVie Inc (ABBV) $69.23 +1.66%

Abbvie attracts an impressive spread trade. The stock is up $1.10 to $69.18 after losing 3.4% on earnings Friday. An investor sells a 30.3K lot of Sep 65 calls on the pharmaceutical company at $4.80 and is probably closing some of a position opened on 7/13, when 55K were bought for $5.40 with shares near [...]

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Pfizer Inc (PFE) $34.16 -0.36%

Big spread in Pfizer appears to be position adjustment ahead of a profit report. The stock is down 13c to $34.13 and an investor is apparently selling the Aug 28th Weekly 34 – 35, 2×1, put ratio spread at 22c, 16000X, to cover a position opened at a penny on 7/16. Shares have dropped nearly [...]

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA) $69.22 +11.93%

TEVA attracts a notable call spread as shares spike on a deal annoucement. The stock is up 11.7% to $69.11 after the company announced it is buying Allergan’s Generics business for $40.5B. On the options front, an investor sells 17.3K Dec 70 calls on TEVA at $3.45 to buy 18.1K Dec 80 calls for $2.40. [...]

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