Small Cap Stocks

Quicksilver Resources Inc (KWK) $0.48 +6.57%

20-cent options on a 50-cent stock? That’s what buyers are apparently paying for Dec .5 calls on Quicksilver Resources. KWK is up a nickel to 50 cents and 3,550 contracts have changed hands. Jan .5, Nov 1, and Mar 2 calls on the oil and gas driller are also drawing interest. The positioning comes a [...]

October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Quiksilver Inc (ZQK) $1.77 -2.75%

Second day of call buying in Quicksilver. Nov 2 and 4 strike calls on the apparel company drew interest Thursday (see 10/16 color). Shares are off a nickel to $1.77 today and the focus turned to Jan 2 calls. Most of the trades printed around 10:00 in the form of multi-exchange sweeps for 30 and [...]

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ITT Educational Services Inc (ESI) $10.02 +79.89%

Nice timing for 20cents call buyer in ITT Education. Shares up 100% this morning to $11 and call volume yesterday was 6x normal with most of the volume printing in Oct 6 calls as shares traded near 5.50. 3400 traded total, resultijng in 2100 contracts of new open interest. Shares near $10 this morning puts [...]

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Quiksilver Inc (ZQK) $1.80 +5.26%

Gnarly action in calls on apparel maker Quicksilver as shares lift nearly 7%. Nearly 6000 calls on the tape this morning, vs zero puts, with most of the volume in November 2 and 4 strike calls. 2300 Nov 4 calls traded for a nickel, opening, and 3100 Nov 2 calls have traded near 0.25 with [...]

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OraSure Technologies Inc (OSUR) $8.41 +4.86%

Orasure Tech saw a morning spike and increased call activity. The stock hit a high of $8.83 and is up nearly 5% to $8.41 in relatively active trading of 1.9 million shares. Briefing attributes the increased activity to “Ebola test kit speculation”. Although unconfirmed, the chatter appears to be driving increased flow in the options [...]

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Spansion Inc (CODE) $15.56 -2.81%

Spansion sees bearish flow. The stock is off 4% to $15.37 and smaller sweeps of Oct 15 puts on the chip-maker have traded at prices ranging from 35 to 80 cents. 3,100 traded total vs. zero open interest. The stock is down 35% from the highs seen less than a month ago. Earnings due Oct [...]

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Arch Coal (ACI) $1.45 -3.33%

Ratio spread in Arch Coal. With the stock falling to 52-week lows of $1.45, an investor is apparently selling-to-close 3,000 Jan 3.5 puts on the coal producer at $2.10 to buy a new position in 4,500 Jan2017 1-strike puts for 50 cents.

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Dryships Inc (DRYS) $1.50 -19.35%

Dryships draws increased put activity. The stock is off 36 cents to $1.50 after the company withdrew a public offering of senior notes and was hit with a downgrade. Dec 1.5 puts on the shipping company have traded 5,830 contracts, including a sweep of 5,000 for 20.5 cents when the bid-ask was 16 to 19 [...]

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American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc (AXL) $16.85 +1.14%

American Axle attracts bullish order flow. The stock is up 23 cents to $16.89 and climbing off 52-week lows of $16.43 set earlier today. On the options front, 2,362 Jan 16 calls on the auto parts company were swept this morning across multiple exchanges for $1.65 when the bid-ask was $1.40 to $1.65 and then [...]

October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR) $1.85 -3.65%

Alpha Natural Resources attracts a hefty put spread. With the stock down 7 cents to $1.85, an investor sells 10,000 Jan 2.5 puts on the coal producer at 93 cents and buys 10,000 Jan2016 1.5 puts for 68 cents. The spread probably rolls a block of in-the-money Jan2015 2.5s to out-of-the-money Jan2016 1.5s and, if [...]

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