Large Cap Stocks

American International Group Inc (AIG) $48.69 -2.48%

AIG attracts a big print. The stock is off $1.21 to $48.72 and a 45000-lot of May 55 calls is bought on AIG for 23 cents per contract. The investor also sold 7500 AIG May 50 calls at $1.30. The flow might cover some positions opened in November when a May 50 – 55 (1X2) [...]

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CenterPoint Energy Inc (CNP) $23.99 +2.43%

Centerpoint sees a big print today. The stock is up 59 cents to $24 and an investor buys a 20000-lot of May 25 calls on the Houston, TX utility for 60 cents. Open interest is sufficient to cover, but the activity might repeat bullish trading in CNP seen in February (see 2/18 and 2/19 color).

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Cemex SaB De Cv (CX) $12.42 -0.80%

Cemex sees sizable call buyer. The stock is off 10 cents to $12.42 and an 18500-lot of Jan2016 15s is bought for $1.58 per contract. It’s opening and tied to 120K shares for $12.51. The stock is down over the past few weeks, but up 20% from mid-November lows. The interest in 2016 upside calls [...]

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSM) $19.25 -0.93%

Taiwan Semi attracts bearish flow. The stock is down 18 cents to $19.25 and an investor pays $1.225 for Jul 17.5 – 20 put spreads, 15000X. The 20s are opening and the Jan 17.5s are possibly closing from Jan and Feb, including a buyer of 10K for $1.45 on 1/24 when the stock was at [...]

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Yandex NV (YNDX) $30.00 -5.78%

Put seller sees weakness as opportunity. Yandex is down $2.07 to $29.77 and a 4000-lot of Jan 30 puts trades on the Russian Internet provider at $4.65 per contract on ISE. A customer sold-to-open, according to ISEE data. The stock is down and 30-day implied volatility in the options on YNDX is moving up 15% [...]

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Dollar General Corporation (DG) $57.92 -2.31%

Dollar General draws a big print. The stock is off $1.39 to $57.09 and a 20000-lot of May 62.5 calls is sold on the retailer, post-earnings, at 72.5 cents per contract. It looks like a closing trade. Open interest is 26,661 and the largest block of OI in the name. Most were opened in November [...]

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Transocean Ltd (RIG) $39.59 -2.94%

Transocean sees increased put activity. The stock is down $1.14 to $39.65 and a 11270-lot of May 37s trades on the oil driller for 70 cents when the bid-ask was 64 to 70 cents. 15,577 traded total against 228 in open interest. The stock is falling to 52-week lows today after a four-month 27.5% swoon. [...]

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SLM Corporation (SLM) $24.97 +0.60%

SLM sees increased options action. The stock is up 14 cents to $24.96 and an Oct 22 – 26 risk-reversal trades on the student loan education company for 56 cents, 1735X on CBOE. Looks like puts were sold to buy calls, 3400X so far. The same thing traded on 3/5, 2800X, and on Tuesday, 4000X. [...]

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NextEra Energy Inc (NEE) $92.97 +0.85%

NextEra Energy sees noteworthy options action. The stock is up 73 cents to $92.92 and a 5000-lot of Jun 100 calls on the utility company traded for 55 cents when the market was 45 to 55 cents. It might close some positions opened in late-Jan when Jun 80 puts were being sold to buy a [...]

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EMC Corp (EMC) $27.48 +1.40%

Hefty block of calls on EMC. The stock is up 33 cents to $27.43 and 13685 Jul 33s trade for 42 cents on CBOE when the market was 41 to 42 cents. 14000 traded agaisnt 21,773 in open interest and might be repeat activity from earlier this month when buyers were paying 31 – 34 [...]

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