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Huntsman Corporation (HUN) $25.02 +2.84%

Huntsman sees higher call volume. The stock is up 70 cents to $25, as the chemicals company adjusts EPS estimates at an Investor Day. 9,527 Mar 25 calls traded on the stock against 12,066 in open interest. The contract saw increasing activity leading up to the event on an institutional trading desk recommendation to buy [...]

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More

J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) $6.66 -2.56%

Four-way spead in JC Penney is possibly a position adjustment. The stock is down 17 cents to $6.67 and the investor sold the Mar 6 – 8 put spread on the retailer and bought the Mar 5 – 7 put spread, collecting 34 cents for the transaction, 13000X. The activity might roll a position down [...]

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Intel Corporation (INTC) $25.59 -3.54%

Massive block of 4 hour Intel puts traded on the PHLX a moment ago. Initiator paid 9 cents for 100K 25.5 strike puts that expire today as shares traded near $25.62. Trade was outright and the $900K total premium represents $250M worth of INTC stock – which could be interesting if shares cross through that [...]

January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) $7.55 -7.76%

Puts on JC Penney remain actively traded. The stock is down 8.8% to $7.45 and back to multi-month lows after the company reaffirmed its fourth quarter outlook. Recent options trades on the retailer include a sweep of 4,420 Jan 6 puts for 9 cents per contract when the market was 2 to 9 cents. 5,100 [...]

January 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Schlumberger Ltd (SLB) $88.92 -1.29%

Put buyers drilling in Schlumberger. The stock is down 91 cents to $89.12 amid weakness in the sector after crude lost nearly $2 to $96.32. 19,000 puts and 4,115 calls traded in SLB options so far, being led by 12000 of the Jan 87.5 strike puts. Some smaller lots traded for $1.02 per contract and [...]

January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Textura Corporation (TXTR) $33.09 -12.51%

Textura tanks. The stock is down $5.12 to $32.61 on a negative Citron Research report (unconfirmed). Options volume on the Deerfield, IL app software-maker is running 17X the daily average. Jan 30 puts are the most actives, after 2,150 traded. Jan 35 and 40 puts are drawing interest as well and 30-day implied volatility in [...]

December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Dow Chemical Co (DOW) $44.11 +0.73%

Dow Chemical draws another big call spread. The stock is up 36 cents to $44.16 and the Jan 40 – 45 cs trades on DOW at $3.43, 20000X. The stock saw similar activity Friday and the flow was closing. Today appears to repeat and, if so, seems to be expressing the view that DOW will [...]

December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $13.19 -6.78%

Early volume in VIX options includes call spreads. The index is down .90 to 13.25 and now well (20.5%) below the multi-month highs of 16.67 seen Wednesday before the FOMC announcement. In options trading today, an investor was selling 28,000 Feb 22 calls on VIX at 59 cents to buy 33,600 Mar 26 calls for [...]

December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Herbalife Ltd (HLF) $79.25 +1.69%

Call write in Herbalife (HLF). The stock continues to defy the bears and is up another $1.69 to $79.66. In midday action, an investor sold 13500 Jan 80 calls on the stock at $4.05 per contract. It might close from 11/26 when the stock was around $70 and the same calls were being bought for [...]

December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) $49.41 +1.52%

Bullish combo in Comcast (CMCSA). The stock is up 74 cents to $49.41 and the investor bought the Jan 44 – 55 bullish risk-reversal on the cable TV company for 5 cents, 8150X, and separately the same combo traded for 4 cents, 2050X. The Dec 44 puts appear to be opening and this seems to [...]

December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More
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