Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK) $52.89 +0.69%

Vanguard Europe ETF attracts a big call buyer ahead tomorrow’s ECB rate announcement. A 16,660-lot of Feb 54 calls on VGK trades for 60 cents on ISE. A customer bought-to-open, 19K total, according to ISEE data. iShares Germany and iShares Italy ETFs are seeing call buying today as well (see EWG and EWI color). [This [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

J C Penney Company Inc ($JCP) $6.40 -0.62%

Calls on JC Penney are seeing interest for a second day. Players were opening in the Weekly (1/9), Jan, and Weekly (1/30) 6.5-strike calls yesterday (see 1/5 color). The stock is down a nickel to $6.4 today and Weekly (1/9) 6.5 calls are the most actives in the options on the retailer. 16,100 contracts traded, [...]

January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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