Mid Cap Stocks

Century Aluminum Co (CENX) $25.99 +5.65%

Century Aluminum call buyer likely closing small winner. Customer paid 2.35 for 1872 March 28 calls on the PHLX, outright, as shares traded near 25.09. Similar size was sold to open in mid-Sep near $2.70 as shares traded near 26.39. Buyer would have done better last week when CENX bottomed out near 22 and these [...]

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Rice Energy Inc (RICE) $25.01 +1.17%

Rolling action in Rice Energy. With shares up 21 cents to $24.93, an investor sells 15,000 Jan 30 calls on RICE at 60 cents and buys 12,500 Jan 25 calls for $2.20. The action appears to close a block of Jan 30s opened in August (see 8/21 color) when the stock was near $29 and [...]

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Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) $28.43 +3.27%

Hospital Properties Trust sees a call writer. With shares up 89 cents to $28.42, a 20000-lot of Dec 30s on the REIT is sold at a dime per contract. It’s a sizable trade for HPT, which has existing open interest (across all puts and calls) of just 1,962 contracts. The new position seems to be [...]

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H and R Block Inc (HRB) $30.10 +0.64%

H&R Block draws a 5-way trade. The stock is up 22 cents to $30.12 and it looks like the investor is selling the following: 5,615 Jan 28 puts at 60 cents, 9,235 Jan 28 puts at 85 cents, and 3,072 Jan 29 puts at $1.15 while buying this: 7,435 Jan 30 calls for $1.65 and [...]

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American Eagle Outfitters Inc (AEO) $13.33 -2.77%

American Eagle attracts increased put activity. With shares off 36 cents to $13.35, a 4000-lot of Nov 12 puts on the apparel retailer trades for 25 cents when the bid-ask was 20 to 25 cents. Earlier, 1800 more traded for 25 cents. 6,300 now changed hands at that strike against 1,531 in open interest. A [...]

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SunEdison Inc (SUNE) $17.64 +6.14%

Sun Edison sees a spike and active trading in Weekly (10/24) call options. It’s in reaction to talk that David Einhorn, an existing shareholder, will recommend the stock at an upcoming Robin Hood conference (Briefing). 17.5 and 18 calls in the 10/24 Weeklys are the most actives. Nov 20, Jan 18, and Weekly 17 calls [...]

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Altera Corp (ALTR) $32.96 +1.35%

Altera attracts higher call volume ahead of earnings. The stock is up 55 cents to $33.05 and Nov 34 calls are the most actives in the options on the chip equipment company. 2,400 traded against 486 in open interest. Nov 33, Dec 36, and Nov 35s are seeing interest as well. Total volume is 11,000 [...]

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AmTrust Financial Services Inc (AFSI) $44.20 +2.27%

Amtrust Financial attracts a hefty put spread. With the stock up $1.02 to $44.24, the Jan 25 – 42.5 ps on AFSI trades for $6.35, 18900X. Looks like a roll out of 6,300 oct 46 puts and similar to a Jan 27.5 – 42.5 put spread that was bought on the stock for $5.25, 10000X, [...]

October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Ambac Financial Group Inc (AMBC) $20.83 -0.90%

Ambac attracts another day of increased call activity. May 22.5 and 30 calls saw opening activity yesterday (see 10/16 color). Shares are down 18 cents to $20.84 and recent trades on AMBC include a 3,484-lot of Jan 30 calls for 50 cents when the market was 30 to 50 cents. Looks like repeat buying and [...]

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Apollo Education Group Inc (APOL) $24.88 +0.61%

Apollo Group attracts increased options action. Shares are up 10 cents to $24.83 on increasing volume of 2.1 million shares. 7,325 calls and 1,515 puts trade on the for-profit education company, which is 3X the daily average. Much of the action surfaced mid-day and included sweps of Nov 24, Jan 23, and Jan 25 calls. [...]

October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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