Large Cap Stocks

Target Corp ($TGT) $66.25 +0.81%

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 [...]

November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Walmart Stores Inc (WMT) $79.91 +1.45%

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 [...]

November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Cisco Systems Inc ($CSCO) $25.24 -0.08%

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. [...]

November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Twitter Inc (TWTR) $48.58 -2.74%

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 [...]

October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Corning Inc (GLW) $18.46 -0.38%

Longer-term call buyer in Corning. The stock is off 6 cents to $18.47 and a 10000-lot of Jan2016 22 calls on the specialty glass-maker is bought for 88 cents per contract. Open interest is sufficient to cover, but today appears to be repeat buying. Trade history shows the same calls were being bought-to-open on 10/29/2013, [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Burger King Worldwide Inc (BKW) $29.83 -1.26%

Repeat activity in Burger King. With the stock down 36 cents to $29.85, the investor is apparently buying 3,000 Dec 30 puts on the fast food chain for $2.65 and selling 5,000 Nov 28 puts at 60 cents. A similar trade printed yesterday (see 10/21 color) and both legs of the spread were opening. Today [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

NextEra Energy Inc (NEE) $96.42 +0.94%

Notable activity in Nextra Energy short-term options. Shares are up 90 cents to $96.42 and midday trades on the utility company included a sweep of 1400 Nov 100 calls for 93 cents and then another 2650 for $1.20. More than 6,000 traded at that strike against 807 in open interest. The market is now 85 [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) $34.47 -0.35%

Southwest Airlines Nov 33 – 37 – 39 call butterfly spread trades 8000X today. Shares are down 9 cents to $34.50 and the spread is being sold at $1.35 4000X and again at $1.35 on 4000 more. The fly might be an adjustment. That is, the investor is selling the Nov 33 – 37 call [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

NetApp Inc (NTAP) $39.93 +1.68%

NetApp calls lead puts 10:1 in heavy volume as shares lift. Shares near $40 (+1.8%) and 12K calls have traded at midday, with 13% out-of-the-money Nov 45s leading the activity and buyers paying 20 to 25c. Earnings expected Nov 12.

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Dow Chemical Co (DOW) $48.83 +1.29%

Dow Chemical draws a hefty three-way spread. The stock is up 86 cents to $49.07 after reporting earnings this morning and one investor sells the Nov 43 – 49 risk-reversal on the chemicals company at $1.48 to buy Nov 51 calls for $1.08 (bot 43 puts, sold the 49 – 51 call spread). 30 cents [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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