Unusual Options Activity


2015-08-04 Options Report (CTL) (HPQ)

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2015-08-03 Options Report (ACE) (HIMX)

Posted on August 3rd, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-08-03 Options Report (ACE) (HIMX)

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2015-07-31 Options Report (HPQ) (JOY)

Posted on July 31st, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-31 Options Report (HPQ) (JOY)

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2015-07-30 Options Report (BKS) (TWTR)

Posted on July 30th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-30 Options Report (BKS) (TWTR)

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2015-07-30 Unusual Options Activity (MDLZ) (NFX)

Posted on July 30th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-30 Unusual Options Activity (MDLZ) (NFX)

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Barnes & Noble (BKS)- The Sep $24/$26/$30 bull call spread risk reversal was put on 1,840 times for a $0.55 debit. A trade like this one involves buying the Sep $26/$30 bull call spread and selling the Sep $24 puts for even smaller debit (requires margin). Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” set a one day sales record recently.
Mondelez International (MDLZ)- There was a rollout from 6,000 Sep $42 calls ($3.40 credit) into 9,000 Sep $45 calls ($1.35 debit). They raised FY15 guidance and reaffirmed FY16 margin guidance. The company also authorized a $6B share repurchase program.
Newfield Exploration (NFX)- Roughly 1,750+ Sep $30 puts were bought for $1.15-$1.25, against open interest of 1,723 contracts. There was a big Aug 21 $31 put buyer yesterday. Earnings are due out on August 4th.
Twitter (TWTR)- Another 5,595 Jan 2017 $35 calls … Read More »


2015-07-29 Options Report (HEDJ) (MRO)

Posted on July 29th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-29 Options Report (HEDJ) (MRO)

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2015-07-29 Unusual Options Activity (CNW) (GNC)

Posted on July 29th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-29 Unusual Options Activity (CNW) (GNC)

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Con-way (CNW)- Nearly 4,000 Sep $40 calls were bought for $1.05-$1.55. Typically trades 85 calls per day. Earnings are due out tonight.
GNC Holdings (GNC)- There was a likely rollout from 7,000 Jan 2016 $47.50 calls ($1.70 credit) into 7,000 Jan 2016 $42.50 calls ($3.70 debit). Earnings are due out tomorrow morning. Shares are nearing a retest of the April post-earnings lows. On May 1st, 7,500 Jan 2017 $47.50 calls were bought for $6.20 and on May 22nd, the Sep $42.50/$47.50 bull risk reversal was put on 2,500 times for a $0.45 debit.
WisdomTree Europe Hedge Equity Fund (HEDJ)- Another 5,000 Feb 2016 $65 calls were bought for $3.10, against open interest of 66,207 contracts. Over 70,000 were bought since June 29th. The top holdings include Anheuser-Busch, Telefonica, Siemens, and Daimler.
Marathon Oil (MRO)- There was sizable buying in the Aug … Read More »


2015-07-28 Options Report (APD) (NAVI)

Posted on July 28th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-28 Options Report (APD) (NAVI)

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2015-07-28 Unusual Options Activity (IR) (LYB)

Posted on July 28th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-28 Unusual Options Activity (IR) (LYB)

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Air Products & Chemicals (APD)- 1,000 Aug $125 calls were purchased for $8.30. Earnings are due out on July 30th. This is Bill Ackman’s 2nd largest holding (9.65% stake).
Ingersoll-Rand (IR)- 20,000 Dec $62.50 calls were bought for $2.95-$3.20. Call activity was 38x the average daily volume. IR is down after their Q2 results, but they did reaffirm FY15 guidance.
LyondellBasell Industries (LYB)- There was a rollout from 12,500 Jan 2016 $100 calls ($3.30 credit) into 12,500 Jan 2016 $95 calls ($5.30 debit). They beat Q2 EPS and revenue estimates this morning. The stock is trying to find support at the 200-day SMA.
Navient (NAVI)- Over 3,300 Oct $15 puts were purchased for $0.60-$0.65. Typically trades 58 puts per day. Earnings estimates for 2015 and 2016 continue to fall and the downtrend that started earlier this year in the stock confirms … Read More »


2015-07-27 Options Report (AXP) (BLL)

Posted on July 27th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-27 Options Report (AXP) (BLL)

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2015-07-27 Unusual Options Activity (CAT) (TWTR)

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American Express (AXP)- There was a rollout from 3,260 July 31 $76 puts ($1.64 credit) into 3,260 July 31 weekly $74 puts ($0.55 debit). On July 22nd, they reported a 4% drop in Q2 revenue (worse than expected). The strong dollar is partially responsible for the weakness.
Ball Corp (BLL)- 2,428 Feb 2016 $72.50 calls were purchased for $2.60 and 2,428 Sep $62.50 puts were sold for $0.90-$0.95. Over 12,000 remain in open interest in the Feb $72.50 calls from buying in recent months. They are trying to acquire Rexam (would combine the two largest can makers in the world), but there are still regulatory hurdles to overcome. Earnings are due out on July 30th.
Caterpillar (CAT)- There was a rollout from 4,000 Aug 21 $76 puts ($2.00 credit) into 6,000 Sep 18 $70 puts ($0.81 credit). On July 23rd, … Read More »


2015-07-24 Options Report (HLT) (NVDA)

Posted on July 24th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-24 Options Report (HLT) (NVDA)

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2015-07-23 Options Report (NFG) (TWTR)

Posted on July 23rd, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-23 Options Report (NFG) (TWTR)

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2015-07-22 Options Report (EMC) (GM)

Posted on July 22nd, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-22 Options Report (EMC) (GM)

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2015-07-21 Options Report (ETE) (YPF)

Posted on July 21st, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-21 Options Report (ETE) (YPF)

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2015-07-21 Unusual Options Activity (BTU) (LXK)

Posted on July 21st, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-21 Unusual Options Activity (BTU) (LXK)

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Peabody Energy (BTU)- There was a rollout from 24,000+ Jan 2016 $1.50 puts ($0.64-$0.65 credit) into 40,000+ Jan 2016 $1 puts ($0.34 debit). Earnings out on July 28th. Yesterday, fellow coal miner, Arch Coal, announced a 1 for 10 reverse stock split (not a good sign). BTU, a stock trading at $1 and change, is expected to lose $2 per share this year.
Energy Transfer Equity (ETE)- 5,000 Jan 2016 $65 calls were bought for $3.10, against open interest of 6,644 contracts. There was sizable buying in these yesterday too. ETE wants to acquire Williams Companies (current offer is $48B), but they aren’t going for it yet.
Lexmark International (LXK)- There was a rollout from 2,500 Aug $46 puts ($8.50 credit) into 2,500 Aug $41 puts ($3.80-$3.90 debit). They paid $1.35 for the Aug $46 puts yesterday. Today, they issued … Read More »


2015-07-20 Options Report (C) (PYPL)

Posted on July 20th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-20 Options Report (C) (PYPL)

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2015-07-20 Unusual Options Activity (AKS) (AMD)

Posted on July 20th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-20 Unusual Options Activity (AKS) (AMD)

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AK Steel (AKS)- There was a rollout from 16,431 Sep $3 puts ($0.47 credit) into 32,177 Jan 2016 $2 puts ($0.24 debit). Steel prices are hitting multi-year lows and EPS estimates continue to be revised lower because of it (-$0.47 to -$0.90 for 2015 in just three months).
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)- There was a rollout from 10,029 Oct $2 puts ($0.32 credit) into 20,058 Jan 2016 $1.50 puts ($0.16 debit). On July 17th, Citigroup lowered their price target to $1.50 from $2 citing market share loss, burning through their cash, and weak PC demand.
Baxter International (BAX)- 15,000+ Aug 21 $38.50 calls were purchased for $0.48. Earnings are due out on July 29th. They spun off Baxalta, a developer new treatments for people with orphan diseases and underserved conditions, last month.
Citigroup (C)- 10,000+ Sep $60 calls were bought for … Read More »


2015-07-17 Options Report (RMBS) (XLK)

Posted on July 17th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-17 Options Report (RMBS) (XLK)

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2015-07-16 Options Report (LC) (MCD)

Posted on July 16th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-07-16 Options Report (LC) (MCD)

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