Mid Cap Stocks

GameStop Corp Holding Company (GME) $43.14 -6.38%

9 of the 10 most active options in GameStop are puts. The stock has come under fire and is down 8% to $42.80 in heavy trading on reports Electronic Arts is launching and exclusive subscription service EA Access. Well-time trades, when the stock was trading north of $46 was a sweep of 2,868 Jan 46 [...]

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Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (GT) $27.79 +0.11%

Three-way spread in Goodyear. The stock is up 6 cents to $27.82 and the investor is apparently selling 3,500 Aug 26 puts on the tire-maker at 43 cents to buy 3,500 Aug 28.5 – 30 call spreads for 55 cents. The spread, for 12 cents, is opening and tied to 151K shares. The new position [...]

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Office Depot Inc (ODP) $5.05 +0.20%

Repeat activity in Office Depot. The stock is flat at $5.04 and an 8200-lot of Aug 5 calls on the office supplies retailer is bought for 33 cents per contract. It’s tied to 459,000 shares at $5.05 and maybe stock replacement. Open interest at that strike is nearly 35K contracts after several sizable blocks were [...]

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E Trade Financial Corporation (ETFC) $21.34 +4.10%

Etrade calls are heavily traded. The stock is up 95 cents to $21.45 amid relative strength in the online brokers (also see SCHW color). The strength is apparently related to a Charlie Gasparino story that Goldman is having internal discussions on whether to buy an online broker (according to Seeking Alpha). It appears to be [...]

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RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) $11.19 +2.47%

Bullish trading continues in RF Micro. Players were closing out Aug 11 calls and opening Jan 12 calls on the chipmaker yesterday (see 7/28 color). The stock is up 27 cents to $11.19 this morning and the focus is on Aug 12 calls today. A sweep of 2,459 contracts recently printed for 15 cents. It’s [...]

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Cobalt International Energy Inc (CIE) $16.28 -1.99%

Cobalt Energy with increased call activity. The stock is off 33 cents to $16.28 and 3,636 Jan 20 calls on the Houston, TX oil and gas company are swept across multiple exchanges for 60 cents when the bid-ask was 40 to 60 cents. 6,239 now traded at that strike against 3,823 in open interest. Bullish [...]

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GNC Holdings Inc (GNC) $32.04 -3.93%

Options traders expecting a large move in health and wellness retailer GNC after earnings tomorrow. 10K contracts have traded by midday, 5x normal, with puts leading calls 2:1. /egap GNC shows the Aug straddle is trading near 10% of spot, implying a move well above the median 3.6% move over the past 8 quarters, but [...]

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RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) $10.90 +0.09%

Rolling action in RF Micro. An investor is apparently covering a losing position in Aug 11 calls on the chipmaker opened 10000X for 45 and 50 cents on 7/22 ahead of earnings. The stock was up to new multi-year highs of $11.21 in the wake of the report Friday, but vols came down and a [...]

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Avon Products Inc (AVP) $13.09 -0.68%

Lopsided options flow in Avon. Roughly 30,000 puts and 1,500 calls on the cosmetics company so far. The stock is down 8 cents to $13.10 and the top trade is a sweep of 5,118 Oct 11 puts for 35 cents across multiple exchanges when the bid-ask was 30 to 35 cents. Five minutes prior to [...]

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Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO) $73.69 +21.48%

Active trading in Family Dollar. The stock is up $13.06 to $73.73 on increasing volume of 11 million shares on reports Dollar Tree (DLTR) said it will acquire the retailer for $74.50. On the options front, 21,000 puts and 8,220 calls traded in FDO. The top trade is a 15000-lot of Jan 55 puts for [...]

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