Large Cap Stocks

Nike Inc (NKE) $76.45 -0.03%

Nike sees notewrothy pre-earnings flow. Options volume on the athletic apparel company is 6X the daily average. 43,000 calls and 33,000 puts. One hefty four-way spread is driving some of the increased activity. The investor is apparently selling 5,675 Weekly (6/27) 74 – 79 strangles on NKE at $1.38 and purchasing roughly the same number [...]

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Baker Hughes Inc (BHI) $73.06 +0.29%

Baker Hughes sees bullish action. The stock is up 23 cents to $73.08 and the top options trade on the oil driller printed this morning when 3,780 Jul 75 calls traded for $1.35 on CBOE when the market was $1.31 to $1.36. Volume at that strike is now 8,300 against 6,780 in open interest. Aug [...]

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Barclays Bank Plc (BCS) $14.64 -6.81%

Bullish flow in Barclay’s. The stock is down $1.04 to $14.67 and new 52-week lows on reports regulators are scrutunizing the British bank’s dark pool operations. Some players in the options market are possibly taking a contrary view on of the situation. 5,700 Jul 15 calls have traded in BCS against 72 contracts of open [...]

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Apple Inc (AAPL) $90.26 -0.11%

Apple attracts a hefty ratio spread. The stock is down 15 cents to $90.21 and the Weekly (7/25) 90.14 – 96 (1X2) call spread trades on AAPL for 46 cents, 15000X. The opening position seems to be targeting a move to $96 over the next month. Recent high is $95.05 from Jun 6. The options [...]

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Alcoa Inc (AA) $14.93 +2.61%

Alcoa option volume 4x normal with calls leading puts 7:4 and premium buyers driving the flow. July 15 put buyer started things out paying 45c 4500x on NYSE-ARCA when shares were near $14.89 after setting a new multiyear high early in the day. An hour later a block of 4100 Oct 16 calls were bought [...]

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Colgate Palmolive Co (CL) $67.81 -0.21%

Increased options action in Colgate Palmolive. Shares are down 12 cents to $67.82 and the top trade on the consumer products company is a 4,370-lot of Aug 70 calls for 67 cents when the market was 58 to 68 cents. 14,744 contracts traded total. Looks like opening buyers. Nov 67.5 puts and Nov 70 calls [...]

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CenterPoint Energy Inc (CNP) $24.98 -0.32%

Big print in Centerpoint Energy. The stock is down 8 cents to $24.98 and an 11,650-lot of Jul 25 calls on the Houston, TX gas utility company trades for 60 cents per contract. It’s a buyer (tied to 583K shares) and might be a stock replacement. Open interest at that strike is 23,974 after buyers [...]

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NextEra Energy Inc (NEE) $101.60 +0.86%

Upside call activity in Nextra Energy. The stock is up 79 cents to $101.52 and options volume on the Juno Beach, CA electric utility is 2.5X the daily average. Roughly 11,000 calls and 460 puts traded in the name. Aug 105 calls have traded 6,656 contracts against 3,332 in open interest. Anther 2,884 Jul 105 [...]

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Facebook Inc (FB) $67.28 +2.37%

Facebook call volume heavy as shares lift 2.5%. On track for well over 300K calls, 50% above normal and triple the put volume, as IV lifts nearly 2pts to 41.5%. Large block traded on PHLX as a cust sold 20K July 65 calls for $3.30 and bought 60K july 70s for $1.03. 65s may close [...]

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Procter and Gamble Co (PG) $79.10 +0.11%

$243million block of Procter and Gamble calls trade on PHLX. Initiator sells 250K Jan 70 calls at $9.75 tied to 5.8M shares at $79.05. Likely closes the similar sized block of open interest at the strike, which dates back to January 17th when a block of 250K Jan15 65 calls were rolled out to Jan16 [...]

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