Large Cap Stocks

KeyCorp (KEY) $13.60 -2.16%

Notable call buying in Keycorp. The stock is off 27c to $13.63 and 5K Dec 14 calls on the regional bank are bought for 32c, then another 5K for 33c each. Nearly 15K traded at that line and the bullish flow coincides with a WSJ report today that Keycorp is in talks to acquire First [...]

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Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM) $30.59 +1.49%

Aggressive short-upside call buyer gooses Whole Foods shares 50c from $30 level. Buyers began lifting offers on $30.5 calls that expire tomorrow as shares traded $30.04 this afternoon, sweeping several thousand contracts at prices from 17c to 43c to open new 1-day positions. 6300 on the tape now, including recent trades at 57c as shares [...]

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Applied Materials Inc (AMAT) $16.55 +0.06%

Applied Materials attracts an in-the-money put writer. The stock is flat at $16.53 and 20K Jan 18-strike puts on the chip equipment company are sold down to $1.85 per contract. The $3.7M in premium is untied to shares and opens a position struck 9% above the spot price. It comes a few days after Goldman [...]

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Pfizer Inc (PFE) $35.42 -0.06%

Notable put spread in Pfizer as a position is adjusted. The stock is off 24c to $35.21 and the Nov 32 – Dec 34 put spread on the pharmaceutical company trades at 58c, 31000X. The activity likely closes some short Nov 32 puts opened on 10/15 when 44K were sold at 41c. The flow was [...]

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American Capital Agency Corporation (AGNC) $17.70 -1.56%

American Agency Capital attracts increased call activity as it falls to 52-week lows. Shares are down 27c to $17.71 and an investor is apparently selling 8K Mar 19 calls on the REIT at 15c and buying 16K Mar 18 calls for 50c. The sale of Mar 19s likely closes a position opened on earlier this [...]

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Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd (QUNR) $45.78 +5.83%

Notable call spread opened in Qunar as shares extend recent gains. The stock is up $2.78 to $46.04 and continuing to rally after the company earlier this week announced a sale of a sizable stake in Baidu (BIDU) to Ctrip (CTRP). Qunar is up 18.7% since Friday and an investor is positioning for additional gains [...]

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Corning Inc (GLW) $18.84 +0.08%

Morning put buyers in Corning. Shares are up a nickel to $18.87 and 5.7K Jan 19 puts on the specialty glass-maker trade for $1.08 on ISE. A customer is buying-to-open, according to ISEE data. 10.1K traded total against 5.8K in open interest. Bearish flow in Corning comes after a two-day 8.2% post-earnings spike in shares.

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Ford Motor Company (F) $14.74 -1.50%

Put buyer dominates early flow in Ford as shares slip 1% to $14.80. Puts lead calls 10:1 early in the day, with a focus on downside strikes in November and December terms, following the 5% loss taken earlier this week after earnings. Buyer paid 13 to 14c for 2500 Nov 14 puts as shares traded [...]

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Intel Corporation (INTC) $34.02 -1.99%

Relative weakness and early interest in Intel puts. The stock is down nearly 2% to $34 and a 6.5K block of Jan 34 puts on the chip-maker trades for $1.74 on ISE when the bid-ask was $1.68 to 1.75. More than 16.5K traded at that line, as buyers appear to be opening positions. Weekly and [...]

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Dow Chemical Co (DOW) $51.42 +1.50%

Big call writer in Dow Chemical. The stock is up 70c to $51.39 and 58K Dec 52.5 calls on the chemicals company are sold at $1.17 per contract. The $6.8M premium sale is opening and tied to 2.1M shares for $51.21. It comes a week after the company reported earnings and offered a strategic update, [...]

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