Bullish

Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK) $52.89 +0.69%

Vanguard Europe ETF attracts a big call buyer ahead tomorrow’s ECB rate announcement. A 16,660-lot of Feb 54 calls on VGK trades for 60 cents on ISE. A customer bought-to-open, 19K total, according to ISEE data. iShares Germany and iShares Italy ETFs are seeing call buying today as well (see EWG and EWI color). [This [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

J C Penney Company Inc ($JCP) $6.40 -0.62%

Calls on JC Penney are seeing interest for a second day. Players were opening in the Weekly (1/9), Jan, and Weekly (1/30) 6.5-strike calls yesterday (see 1/5 color). The stock is down a nickel to $6.4 today and Weekly (1/9) 6.5 calls are the most actives in the options on the retailer. 16,100 contracts traded, [...]

January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) $71.39 -0.27%

Early call buyers tap into Molson Coors Brewing. Shares are off 36 cents to $71.22 and 1378 Oct 72.5 calls on the beverage company trades for $1.70 across multiple exchanges when the market was $1.50 to $1.70. It’s opening. 2,250 Oct 75 calls also changed hands. Bullish trading comes three days after BTIG downgraded TAP [...]

September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM) $53.27 +1.51%

Akamai attracts a pre-earnings volatility play. The stock is up 76 cents to $53.24 and seeing a modest bounce this week after tumbling along with other tech names since early-March. On the options front, an investor is apparently selling the Weekly (5/2) 50.5 – 54 strangle on the cloud computing company at $3.21 and buying [...]

April 30, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Pandora Media Inc (P) $23.69 -15.99%

Post-earnings position adjustment in Pandora. The stock is down $4.53 to $23.67 in the wake of the results. An investor sells the Sep 36 – 46 call spread on the internet radio company at 35 cents, 7500X, and bought the Jan 35 – 45 call spread for $1, 7500X. The activity in January is opening [...]

April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More

International Game Technology (IGT) $15.17 +1.13%

Opening call buyer bets on International Game Tech. The stock is up 17 cents to $15.17 and an 8000-lot of Jul 17s is bought on the gaming equipment company for 65 cents per contract. 9,307 contracts traded total against 5,056 in open interest. Jul 15 and Mar 16 calls on IGT are also drawing interest [...]

March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) $75.64 +3.14%

Sizable three-way spread in Starbucks 2015 options. The stock is up $2.47 to $75.84 on upbeat earnings news and the investor was apparently selilng 4000 Jan 65 puts at $3.15 to buy 4000 Jan 77.5 – 85 call spreads for $2.80. The new position seems to be expressing the view that SBUX could see further [...]

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Alcoa Inc (AA) $12.25 +1.11%

Alcoa attracts heavy call buying. The stock is up another 12 cents to $12.24 in brisk trading of 51 million shares. Roughly 166,000 calls and 44,000 puts traded on the aluminum company. Weekly 13 calls, expiring in 2 days, are the most actives in Alcoa. More than 43,000 traded against 4,254 in open interest. February [...]

January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Twitter Inc (TWTR) $64.09 +5.86%

Call buyers are following Twitter this morning. The stock is up $3.54 to $64.08 on bullish analyst commentary and news the company is nearing a deal with payment start up Stripe. Sweeps of Jan 65 calls, which are expiring after today, printed at the open for 43, 49 and 55 cents per contract. More than [...]

January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Fortinet Inc (FTNT) $21.50 +0.14%

Big print in Fortinet. The stock is up 3 cents to $21.50 and the Feb 23 – 25 call spread is bought on the security software-maker for 55 cents, 30000X. It’s opening and comes after one player bought 20,000 Jan 20 calls on the stock for 45 cents Friday and another 10,000 traded for 55 [...]

January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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