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Target Corp ($TGT) $66.25 +0.81%

Relative strength and increased call activity in Target. The stock is up 60 cents to $66.32 and Nov 67 calls on the retailer have traded 2,444 contracts vs. 129 in open interest. Another 1,335 Weekly (11/14) 67 calls traded vs. 0 open interest. The company reports earnings on 11/19 and saw a two-day spike Friday-Monday [...]

November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Hertz Global Holdings Inc ($HTZ) $22.42 +1.86%

Higher put volume in Hertz. The stock is up 34 cents to $22.35 after the company announced yesterday that it would delay its earnings release (which was expected yesterday). The stock has seen little reaction to the news and, in the options market, one player bought the Nov – Dec 21 put spread on the [...]

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Walmart Stores Inc (WMT) $79.91 +1.45%

Second day of active shopping for Walmart call options. The stock is up $1.13 to $79.90 and the best gainer in the Dow today ahead of earnings, due Thursday morning. 53,000 calls traded on the retailer Friday on unconfirmed chatter activists are pushing Walmart to spin off Sams Club (see 11/7 color). In the options [...]

November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Cisco Systems Inc ($CSCO) $25.24 -0.08%

Cisco Nov 24 puts see interest for a second day. One player apparently bought-to-open 20,700 contracts for 26 cents yesterday morning. 26,800 traded total and open interest increased by more than 23K. Shares are off 3 cents to $25.23 this morning and 4,700 of the same puts were swept across multiple exchanges for 22 cents. [...]

November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Peabody Energy Corporation ($BTU) $10.44 +1.46%

Peabody energy heats up along with the coal sector after Republicans seized the Senate yesterday. BTU is up 15 cents to $10.44 and recent trades on BTU include a sweep of 4,333 Jan 10 calls for $1.21 when the market was $1.13 to $1.21. It opens. 5,497 changed hands total.

November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Plug Power Inc ($PLUG) $5.16 +9.55%

Calls outpace puts in Plug Power by 10:1. The stock is up 9% to $5.16 in active trading of 12 million shares amid relative strength in alternative electrical/battery names (BLDP and FCEL are also rallying). 26,000 calls and 2,600 puts traded in PLUG. 4,800 Weekly (11/7) 5.5 calls traded in the name. Dec 5, Weekly [...]

November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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
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