Record day for AAPL options volume as shares swing 6%. Nearly 3 million Apple options traded today, blasting through the prior non-dividend record of 2.3M set just last week as traders digested news out of the iPhone 6 presentation which sent shares to a new all-time high over $103 at 2pm, followed by a 6.5% [...]
Bearish trading continues in 21Vianet. The stock is down $1.03 to $26.38 and Sep 25 puts are the most active options on the Chinese internet company Tuesday. 1,834 traded. Sep 30 and Sep 22.5 puts are the next most actives. Players opened new positions in the Sep 22.5, Sep 25, and Sep 30 puts on [...]
Early interest in Micron Weekly (8/22) calls. The stock is up 9 cents to $31.58 and 1,500 Weekly 31s on the memory chip-maker were swept for 93 cents when the bid-aks was 83 to 95 cents. 1,519 traded total. 1,834 of the Weekly 31.5s have also changed hands.
Repeat activity in Microsoft. With the stock up 30 cents to $44.57, the Aug 35 – Nov 39 call spread on the software maker trades for $3.97, 60587X. The action is similar to the Aug 35 – Nov 37 call spread that traded on Monday, 62000X, which rolled a block of short calls to Nov [...]
The largest block of equity options today is in Apple. With the stock up a nickel to $97.55, a 20200-lot of Weekly (9/12) 101 calls trades at $1.17 on ISE. A customer sold the calls, to open, according to ISEE data, and is maybe overwriting a position in shares on the view AAPL isn’t likely [...]
Deep call buyer may be crying uncle in Facebook. Paid $24.65 for 1000 Jan 50 calls a moment ago with shares near $74. Trade history shows several large blocks opened last fall when FB shares were below $50 and sellers were collecting near $9 for these calls.
FireEye Sep 37 – Dec 33 call spread for $3.625, 3000X. With the stock up 92 cents to $31.92 today, but down 21.3% since June, the investor is apparently liquidating a position in Sep 37 calls on the cybersecurity sofware-maker while opening a new block of Dec 33 calls. If so, the adjustment is expressing [...]
Big print in Broadcom. With the stock flat at $37.60, a 34000-lot of Nov 40 calls on the chip-maker is sold at $1.01 per contract, to open. It will create the largest block of open interest in the name, surpassing the 16,148 Aug 40 calls that are set to expire worthless later this week. The [...]
Big pre-earnings print in Applied Materials. With the stock up 11 cents to $21.02, an investor buys 25,000 Jan 22 calls on the chip equipment-maker for $1.31 and sells 45,000 Jan 24 calls at 75 cents. Since the two contracts currently represent the largest blocks of open interest in the name, the flow is possibly [...]
Another big print in NQ Mobile. With the stock flat at $6.48, the Jan 6 – 7 call spread on the mobile internet company is apparently being bought for 45 cents, 42,400X. The Jan 6s (for $2.10 today) open a new position. The Jan 7s (at $1.65) probably close from last week when the same [...]