Mid Cap Stocks

Gerdau SA (GGB) $5.88 -0.08%

Opening ativity in Gerdau puts. The stock is flat at $5.89 and it looks like 60 cents is being collected for the Jan 6s. 13,500 traded on the day and, after today, the contract will likely surpass the Jan 7 puts as the largest block of open interest in the options on the steelmaker. The [...]

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3D Systems Corporation (DDD) $68.40 +14.38%

3d Systems option volume explodes on speculation. Shares up well over 10% ($6) on word the company will not attend the Pacific Crest conference in August- a common ‘red flag’ for speculators. Option volume is approaching 100K contracts at midday- 2.5x normal, with calls leading puts 2:1 as implied vols explode in the near term [...]

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Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI) $46.33 +0.13%

Bulls are back in Darden Restaurants. The stock is up 7 cents to $46.34 and a 5,000-lot of Jan2016 50 calls on DRI trades for $2.65 when the bid-ask was $2.15 to $2.95. It’s opening and tied to 175K shares. Jan206 57.5 calls, Jan 52.5 calls, and Jan2016 55 calls are the next most actives [...]

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58 com Inc (WUBA) $53.03 -1.91%

WUBA with increased put activity. The stock is off 2% to $52.98 and down for a second day after a 25% spike last week. Some investors are possibly buying protective puts on the Chinese internet company after the big rally. The top trade on WUBA today is 2000-lot of Jul 50 puts for $1.80 on [...]

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PVH Corp (PVH) $116.35 -0.98%

Big premium buyer in PVH. The stock is down $1.12 to $116.38 and a 10000-lot of Sep 115 calls trades on the New York, NY textile company for $6.10 when the bid-ask was $5.60 to $6.10. Looks like an opening buyer and tied to 500K shares, maybe a stock replacement strategy after an 11.6% drop [...]

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MBIA Inc (MBI) $10.80 -6.01%

Bearish flow in MBIA. The stock is down 5.8% to $10.83 in heavy trading of 3.5 million shares on an analyst downgrade. The top options trade on the credit insurance company is a 14000-lot of Jan2016 10 puts for $1.70 on ISE. A customer bought-to-open, according to ISEE data. More than 17K traded in the [...]

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MannKind Corporation (MNKD) $10.96 +9.60%

Relative strength and higher options volume in MannKind. The stock is up 9.2% to $10.92 in heavy trading of 16.8 million shares after the FDA approved inhaled insulin Afrezza. 37,000 calls and 11,000 puts traded in the biotech. Deep in-the-money Jan 5.5 calls have traded 3,372 contracts. Jul 12, Weekly (7/3) 10, and Weekly (7/3) [...]

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Avon Products Inc (AVP) $14.45 -0.14%

Avon atracts a hefty block of puts. The stock is down 2 cents to $14.45 and a 18,000-lot of Aug 13s on the cosmetics company is bought for 35 cents per contract. It’s opening and tied to 350K shares for $14.55. The new position seems to be expressing the view that AVP could seen an [...]

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Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (TRQ) $3.29 +1.86%

Bullish trading in Turquoise Hill Resources. The stock is up 6 cents to $3.29 and a 4700-lot of Dec 3.5 calls on the metals and minerals company is bought for 50 cents per contract. 10,040 traded at that strike against 6 contracts in open interest. Shares were down 16.1% on the week prior to today. [...]

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NuStar Energy LP (NS) $62.44 +1.71%

Noteworthy spread in Nustar. The stock is up $1.06 to $62.45 and the investor is apparently selling 15,000 Dec 60 calls on the San Antonio TX oil and gas company at $3.30 to buy 27,500 Dec 65 calls for $1.75. The flow probably closes a position in Dec 60s opened on 6/5 when the stock [...]

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