Small Cap Stocks

Express Inc (EXPR) $14.35 +0.14%

Call volume heavy on likely roll from Jan to April. Shares of the clothing retailer are little changed near 14.36 and first hour call volume is nearly 10x normal with 4700 contracts trading, vs 11 puts. Initial flow was an opening buyer of 1624 April 17.5 calls for 1.15 as shares traded near 14.47. A [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Diana Shipping Inc (DSX) $8.60 +3.74%

Diana Shipping draws increased call activity. The stock is up 32 cents to $8.61 and the top trade on the shipping company is a 2500-lot of Jan 10 calls for 20 cents when the bid-ask was 5 to 30 cents. Separately, 2,500 Nov 9 calls traded for 22.5 cents when the market was 15 to [...]

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KB Home (KBH) $15.51 +6.52%

KB Homes sees increased options action. With the stock up 90 cents to $15.46 on better-than-expected Sept housing data, an investor sells 1750 Nov 13 puts on the builder at 9 cents and buys 5250 Nov 17 – 18 call spreads for 20 cents. Later, another 2,483 of the puts were sold to buy 7450 [...]

October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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 [...]

October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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 [...]

October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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 [...]

October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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 [...]

October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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 [...]

October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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.

October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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