AOL Inc (AOL) $45.32 -0.96%

April call buyer in AOL. The stock is down 43 cents to $45.30 and smaller lots of Apr 55s traded on the Internet company for 80 and 85 cents, then a 9350-lot printed for 90 cents per contract. 13,484 now traded against 6,659 in open interest and the market is 90 to 95 cents. AOL [...]

January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (GT) $25.18 +1.98%

Goodyear Tire call buyers active early. Jan 24 thru 25 strike calls are the focus as shares trade up 1.6% near 25.09. Three sweeps hit at the same second as a buyer paid 1.10 for 2648 Jan 24s, 25c for 2020 Jan 25.5s and up to 44c for 1100 Jan 25s. 10K calls in first [...]

January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Hertz Global Holdings Inc (HTZ) $28.60 -0.24%

Higher options volumes in Hertz. The stock hit an intraday high of $29.81 after CNBC reported that Icahn purchased 30 to 40 million shares of the auto-rental company. HTZ is now flat at $28.67 in heavy turnover of 26 million shares and options volume is running 6.5X the daily average. One player is buying the [...]

January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Bank of America Corporation (BAC) $16.41 +1.93%

More than a half million options traded on BofA. The stock was up yesterday on a Citi upgrade and has added another 34 cents to $16.45 on heavy turnover of 93 million shares Friday. Options on the bank are seeing a second day of heavy trading. Volume is 2.5X the daily average. 418,000 calls and [...]

January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More

BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) $7.06 +12.96%

Blackberry (BBRY) bounces back. The stock is up 83 cents to $7.08 in the wake of the company’s earnings report and Dec 7 calls on the stock are today’s most actively traded equity options contract (excluding ex-div activity in MO). With an hour remaining until the contracts expire, more than 65,000 traded and some of [...]

December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Groupon Inc (GRPN) $10.35 +2.02%

Groupon (GRPN) sees big three-way spread. The stock is up 32 cents to $10.45 and the investor sold 9,200 Dec 9 calls on the stock at $1.35 to buy the Jan 10 – 12 call spread for 72 cents, 17070X. The activity is possibly rolling a position in Dec 9 calls that were opened on [...]

December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $15.59 +1.10%

VIX ticks higher, attracts big call buyer. The index is up .12 to 15.54 and hit its best levels in nearly two months this morning after ticking to 15.84. The top options trade in the VIX pit, which is also the biggest print across the entire options market so far Thursday, is a 40000-lot of [...]

December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Cisco (CSCO) seeing increased call volume.

The stock is up 4c to $21.31 and some players are focused on the Weekly (12/13) 21.5 calls, where 14,815 traded against 7,915 in open interest. The top trade is a sweep of 7900 contracts for 13c when the market was 11 to 13 cents. Looks like opening call buying and comes ahead of a [...]

December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Call buyers running after Marathon Oil (MRO).

The stock is up 30 cents to $36.52. About 12,000 calls and 1,000 puts traded on the stock, which is 2X the daily average. Dec 37 calls are the most actives in the name. 4,600 traded against 3,973 in open interest Dec 36, 38 and 39 calls on MRO are also seeing interest and 30-day [...]

December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Valero (VLO) calls seeing early interest.

The stock is up 2.3% to $45.38 and recent trades include a sweep of 3391 Jan 45 calls for $2 when the market was $1.97 to to $2. Volume at that strike is now 3,731 against 1,941 in open interest. MPC, another refiner, is seeing opening activity in Jun 105 calls. 1700 traded. Maybe a [...]

November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More