Large Cap Stocks
Coned put volume spikes as shares sink on NYC fire. Nearly 9K puts traded late in the day as smoke rose above Union Square in an east village multi building fire. Notable trades include a sweep of 3300 April 60 puts, bought for 1.05 as shares traded 60.27. Shares sold off another $1 within 15 [...]
Active trading in NXP Semi call options as shares attempt to recover lost ground. The stock is off 2.5% to $97.62 and off session lows of $93.05, but still down 10% from 52-week highs seen Monday. The top options trade on the chip-maker is a 1315-lot of May 100 calls for $5.50 on ISE. A [...]
Tesoro Weekly (4/2) 110 calls trades for 7 cents, 8000X. Opening. The stock is down 46 cents to $91.15 and has never traded north of $95 per share. The market on these deep OTM calls is 0 to 9 cents.
AT&T attracts increased call activity Thursday. The stock is up 28 cents to $32.90 and attempting to make up lost ground after a 5.6% month-to-date slide sent shares probing one-month lows yesterday. 93,000 calls and 19,000 puts traded on the telecomm. Recent trades on T include a sweep of 14,923 Apr 34 calls for 11 [...]
Call writer in Starbucks sells a 7250-lot of Apr 99s at 41 cents. 8,485 traded total. It opens. Apr 95 calls, Apr 97.5 calls, and May 97.5 calls are being sold as well.
Coach calls seeing interest after a favorable company mention in Barron’s online daily blog. The stock is down $1.33 to $40.87 and the top trade is a 1670-lot of May 41 call options for $1.88 on ISE. A customer is buying-to-open, according to ISEE data. 2,669 now traded.
Fast action in Starwood Hotels. The stock is up 5.8% to $86.40 on volume of 7.2 million shares and well off session lows of $80.72 per share. 14,000 calls and 2,900 puts traded on the hotel operator. 5770 Apr 82.5 calls traded in the name. Apr 80, Apr 87.5, Apr 90 calls are the next [...]
Higher call volume in Home Depot driven by opening sellers. The stock is off 75 cents to $112.93 and a 3723-lot of April 118 call options on the home improvement retailer trades this morning at 49 cents when the market was 49 – 57 cents. Some smaller lots were swept later at 46 cents. 12,900 [...]
Bank of America put buyer opens one week block. Customer paid 2c for 31K 14.5 puts expiring next Thursday 4/2 (Friday is a holiday). Opens a large short-term position struck $1 (6.2%) below spot. BAC shares have slid nearly 2.50 this year, but have not seen the $14 handle since last August.
Big call spread in Xilinx. The stock is up a nickel to $38.88 and the Jan – Jan2017 40 call spread on the chip equipment company trades at $1.30, 17000X on ISE. While it looks like they sold the longer-dated Jan 2017s to buy the Jan 40s, the spread is an opening position traded firm-to-firm, [...]