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Twitter Inc (TWTR) $48.58 -2.74%

Twitter options volume twice normal with earnings an hour away. On pace for 400K contracts today with calls leading puts 4:3 and 61% of today’s volume in weeklys that expire this Friday. Shares near 48.60, the center of their 52wk range of 30.50 to 73.31, and today’s volume is on track for the best since [...]

October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

Surging put volume in the first hour. 4.10 million contracts have traded across the exchanges, which compares to 2.5 million contracts of call activity. The total put-to-call ratio is therefore at an exteme of 1.6 after finishing Friday at 1.14. Including today, the total PC ratio has been greater than 1.0 in nine of the [...]

October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

Top trades in Apple today are part of a three-way spread. The stock is up 7 cents to $101.86 on a quiet day for Apple as BABA grabs all the headlines. On the options front, an investor bought 20,000 Oct 95 puts on AAPL for 48 cents, bought 20,000 Weekly (10/24) 103 calls for $2.64, [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc ($AVNR) $6.71 -0.15%

Mixed sentiment in Avanir Pharmaceuticals today. The stock has been in and out of positive territory and is now flat at $6.72 after moving to multi-year highs Thursday. On the options front, an Oct 5 – 6 put spread on AVNR is bought-to-open this afternoon for 37.5 cents, 15000X. Earlier in the day, however, Oct [...]

September 12, 2014 | 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

Apple Inc (AAPL) $98.00 -0.37%

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% [...]

September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More

21Vianet Group Inc (VNET) $26.20 -4.41%

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 [...]

September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $200.14 -0.04%

Top options trade so far today is a block of deep out-of-the-money puts on the SPDR 500 Trust. The ETF is off 57 cents to $199.64 in the wake of disappointing jobs numbers. A 22600-lot of Feb 160 puts on SPY trades for 96 cents. It appears to be a buyer and maybe adding to [...]

September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $26.33 -0.98%

Short-term put buyer in the Market Vectors Russia ETF. Shares are off 22 cents to $26.37 and one player bought 7,500 Jul 25.5 puts on RSX for a dime and bought 7,060 Jul 26 puts for 20 cents. Both legs are opening and the flow seems to be expressing concerns about additional weakness in Russia’s [...]

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

Blackstone July 34 calls see early interest. The stock is up 28 cents to $33.08 and 2209 recently printed for 22 cents on CBOE when the bid-ask was 20 to 22 cents. 2,549 now traded against 4,923 in open interest. The calls expire in a few days and will capture 7/17 earnings. Sep 34 calls [...]

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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