Large Cap Stocks

Facebook Inc (FB) $76.52 +0.98%

Facebook bulls driving heavy call volume into earnings. Shares up 1.4% on the heels of Apple’s blowout and the weekly straddle implies a move near 7% tonight, in line with the average of the past 4 releases (2up, 2 down), while option volume today is focused in upside strikes- particularly weekly 1/30 80 calls and [...]

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JD com Inc (JD) $25.95 +2.41%

Higher call volume in JD. The stock is up 54 cents to $25.88 and the top options trade on the Chinese ecommerce company is a 10000-lot of Mar 25 calls for $2.45 per contract. The hefty premium purchase is tied to stock (62 delta) and maybe stock replacement. 11,000 Mar 25 calls now traded in [...]

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Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) $55.69 -1.18%

Short-term options play on Comcast. With the stock down 71 cents to $55.64, a buyer opens a 22,000-lot of Weekly (2/6) 54.5 puts for 55 cents and buys 682K shares for $55.53. It appears to be a volatility play, but does not capture earnings, which are due on 2/24. It’s possibly a play on results [...]

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Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL) $49.26 +0.16%

Delta Airlines attracts a big four-way spread. The stock is up a dime to $49.28 and an investor sells 7,500 Feb 47 calls on the airliner at $3.05 and 10,000 Feb 50 calls at $1.36 (probably closing) while buying 30,000 Sep 55 calls for $3.40 and selling 45,000 Sep 70 calls for 52.5 cents (opening). [...]

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Staples Inc (SPLS) $16.83 -0.47%

Sizable print in Staples. The stock is flat at $16.91 and a 21,137-lot of Jan2016 22 calls on the office supplies retailer trades for 75 cents when the market was 70 to 75 cents. 27,242 changed hands total against 258 in open interest. The market is now 75 to 80 cents. The company responded to [...]

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Continental Resources Inc (CLR) $43.95 -4.00%

Record block of puts trade in Continental Resources. Customer sold 20K June 35 puts at 2.40 a moment ago on NYSE-Arca (Pcoast) as shares traded $43.60. This is the largest put trade ever seen in the energy name, with notional size near 1/3 of the average daily turnover in the stock. Premium collected is nearly [...]

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Salesforce Com Inc (CRM) $57.09 -1.21%

Salesforce sees higher call volume. The stock saw a spike to $58.19 earlier this morning on activist investor chatter (according to Briefing). The gains didn’t stick, however, and CRM is now down 1.3% to $57.04 in active trading of 1.4 million shares. 11,000 calls and 1,570 puts traded in the name. Weekly (1/30) 59 calls [...]

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Dow Chemical Co (DOW) $43.65 -1.18%

Bullish pre-earnings flow in Dow Chemical. Shares near 43.84 and option flow is running 65% above normal, on track for 37K contracts with calls leading puts 5:1. Earnings expected tomorrow morning and 2/6 44 calls are most active series with a sweep buyer paying 88c for 3000 contracts to open a new position. /egap DOW [...]

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BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP) $45.76 -0.15%

Big put buyer in BHP. With shares off a nickel to $45.78, the investor sells 3,800 Feb 47.5 puts on the metals/minerals company at $2.32 and buys 8,000 Mar 42.5 puts for $1.24. The action probably rolls a position in Feb puts out to March, down 5 strikes, after recent weakness in BHP. The stock [...]

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Apple Inc (AAPL) $109.11 -3.53%

Apple shares at lows into earnings, options suggest $7 reaction. Shares off 3.2% to $109.50 as the broad market sinks and 1.5M AAPL contracts have traded today with calls leading puts 9:5. 49% of the flow is in weeklys that expire in 3 days, where the 120, 115 and 114 strike calls lead the most [...]

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