Aklamai attracts a call spread seller. The stock is up 18.6% to $56.21 and a big earnings mover after the company reported upbeat results yesterday afternoon. A May 52.5 – 57.5 call spread is sold on the stock at $2.35, 4430X. The 57.5s are opening and the 52.5s (at $6.25 today) might cover positions opened [...]
Applied Materials attracts a call buyer. The stock is up 12 cents to $16.90 and 10,600 Jan 20s were bought on the chip equipment-maker for 66 cents per contract. 11,600 now traded against 61,992 in open interest. The stock is down 6.7% since mid-Jan, but up nearly 26% from a year ago. The Jan 20 [...]
Big print in Blackberry. The stock is up 33 cents to $9.94 and the investor bought 17,500 Feb 9 calls on the mobile device-maker for 86 cents per contract, and also sold 1.75 million shares – probably exiting a buy-write now that the Feb 9 calls are 94 cents in-the-money and expiring in two-and-a-half weeks. [...]
Twitter on track for nearly 260K option contracts into earnings. Company will report their first-ever public earnings after the close today and option volume is running 50% above normal but is still well below the 900K record seen in December when shares set their all-time high near $75. Calls lead puts 3:2 and a sweep [...]
Active options trading in Lam Research. The stock is down 3 cents to $49.45 and the top options trade on the semiconductor equipment company is a sweep of 4,000 Mar 49 calls for $2.245 when the market was $2.10 to $2.20. Volume at that strike is now 4,571 against 466 in open itnerest. Mar 47 [...]
Groupon Weekly calls are seeing interest. The stock is down 4 cents to $10.46 and 3,949 Weekly (2/7) 11 calls traded on the stock against 2,187 in open interest. Another 522 Weekly 11 calls changed hands vs. 398 in open interest. Briefing is mentioning Google for Groupon chatter. I’m no M&A expert, but that seems [...]
Twitter sees pre-earnings spread action. The stock is up a penny to $66.34 and early options trades on the social media company include a Weekly (2/7) 72 – 80 call spread for $1, 1000X. Looks like a buyer. The company reports after the close today.
An options trader searches for additional upside in Yahoo. The stock is up 69 cents to $35.60 and a Mar 35 – 37 call spread is bought on the stock for 82 cents, 11000X on ISE. A customer is buying-to-open, according to ISEE data, and the bullish trade is being initiated a week after Yahoo [...]
Zynga options lead single stocks with 30,000 contracts trading in first 15 minutes of the day. Shares up nearly 7%, boosted by an upgrade out of UBS (source: TheFlyontheWall.com) and 5 strike calls in Feb and March lead the action. Sweep buyer paid 30c for just over 3000 March 5 calls as shares hit $4.90, [...]
Virnetx Holdings sees higher volumes. The stock is spiking, up 44 cents to $18.40, on volume of 382K shares. Options volume is 2.5X the daily average. 9870 calls and 340 puts so far. Sep 24 and Jun 25 calls are the most actives, but no news on the ticker to explain the action thus far.