Large Cap Stocks

Facebook Inc (FB) $81.03 +0.52%

Facebook Feb 65 – Mar 62.5 put spread trades at even money, 12427X. The Feb 65s open and the Mar 62.5s might close. So the activity might roll a block of (long) Mar 62.5 puts to Feb 65s, which seems to be expressing concerns about potential losses in shares over the next 7 weeks. FB [...]

December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

NVIDIA Corp (NVDA) $20.60 -0.24%

Update on NVDA. The 10000-lot of Feb 15-strike for 13 cents mentioned at 10:45 is apparently being taken down. Instead, customer bought a 38000-lot for 14 cents. Mar 15 puts are seeing opening activity with more than 2,000 contracts changing hands.

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NVIDIA Corp (NVDA) $20.63 -0.10%

NVIDIA deep out-of-the-money puts are busy for a second day. Players opened in the Feb 15, 16 and 17 puts on the graphics chip-maker yesterday (see 12/23 color). The top trade in NVDA options today is a 10000-lot of Feb 15-strike puts for 13 cents. A buyer is opening and the bearish flow seems to [...]

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Bank of America Corporation (BAC) $17.98 +0.28%

Busy morning for Bank of America call options. With shares up a nickel to $17.98, the top trade is a morning sweep of 5,000 Weekly (12/26) 18 calls for 8 cents across multiple exchanges. A customer bought-to-open, according to ISEE data. 7,871 contracts traded at that strike. The contract expires the day after tomorrow. May [...]

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United Parcel Service (UPS) $113.00 +0.49%

UPS Jan 110 – 120 call spread trades at $3.45, 5000X. The same spread was sold at $3.45, 6000X yesterday (see 12/23 color) and today’s open interest numbers indicate closing activity. Today might repeat and, if so, expressing the view that the recent rally in UPS could soon run out of steam. The stock is [...]

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United Parcel Service (UPS) $112.55 +0.49%

UPS Jan 110 – 120 call spread is sold at $3.45, 6000X. More than 8,000 traded on the day and, with the stock up 50 cents to $112.50, the activity might roll a block of in-the-money calls to out-of-the-moneys. Or it might be closing altogether, as the stock has delivered plenty of upside in recent [...]

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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc (HIG) $42.34 +1.27%

Higher put volume in Hartford led by sweep buyers of Jan 39s for 18, 19 and 20 cents. 6,245 traded at that strike vs. 217 in open interest. Bearish flow comes a few days after Citi downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy (on 12/19). Yet, the stock is up 1.3% to $42.35 and notching [...]

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Hertz Global Holdings Inc (HTZ) $24.29 +7.43%

High volume on Hertz as shares move higher Tuesday. The stock is up $1.43 to $24.04 after announcing a price increase for its rented vehicles and after Avis rallied on news Glenview Capital took a 5.1% stake in the company (see CAR color). The top trade in HTZ is a spread. The investor bought 17,000 [...]

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Pfizer Inc (PFE) $31.37 -2.24%

Big print in Pfizer is similar to the one in J&J today (see JNJ color). With shares down 70 cents to $31.39 amid weakness in the pharmaceutical names, a 15,200-lot of Jan 31 puts trades on PFE for 39 cents. It appears to be a buyer and an opening position. 21,697 contacts have changed hands [...]

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NVIDIA Corp (NVDA) $20.83 +0.24%

Graphics chip-maker NVIDIA sees increased put activity. The stock is flat at $20.78 and 2368 Feb 15 puts on NVDA are swept across multiple exchanges for 7 cents when the bid-ask was 3 to 7 cents. At the same time, 1600 Feb 16 puts traded for 11 cents and 1411 Feb 17 puts for 16 [...]

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