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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

Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

Hefty spread in Cheniere Energy. The stock is 95 cents to $72.07 and 50000 Jan2016 75 – 85 call spreads on the natural gas company are sold at $3.30. It appears to be closing positions opened on 4/14 when the same spread was being bought to open for $1.85. The stock is up 32.5% since [...]

July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $12.89 -4.02%

Chopping trading continues and VIX is basically flat on the week. The index is off .46 to 12.97 ahead of the closing bell, compared to 12.91 one week ago. Overall options volumes were very light Monday and Tuesday, but picked up as the week progressed and the uptick in activity was perhaps the most notable [...]

May 9, 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
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