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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

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 [...]

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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

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

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

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
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