12 Rallying Stocks with Significant Decreases in Put/Call Ratio

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Here we present 12 rallying stocks, currently trading above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages. These stocks have also seen significant decreases in their put/call ratios, indicating bullish options sentiment.

Do you think these bullish trends are sustainable? Read below, using this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

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List sorted by decrease in put-call ratio over the last ten trading days.

1. Wet Seal Inc. (WTSLA): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $428.47M. The stock is currently 15.27% above its 20-day moving average, 16.36% above its 50-day MA, and 24.73% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 88.32% over the last two weeks (from 1.37 to 0.16). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 20.56% over the last week. 

2. AnnTaylor Stores Corp. (ANN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.58B. The stock is currently 7.84% above its 20-day moving average, 17.16% above its 50-day MA, and 32.33% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 69.89% over the last two weeks (from 0.93 to 0.28). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.32% over the last week.

3. Parker Drilling Co. (PKD): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $804.39M. The stock is currently 20.24% above its 20-day moving average, 36.96% above its 50-day MA, and 57.18% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 68.92% over the last two weeks (from 0.74 to 0.23). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.34). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 18.93% over the last week.

4. Cooper Industries plc (CBE): Conglomerates Industry. Market cap of $10.70B. The stock is currently 7.92% above its 20-day moving average, 8.47% above its 50-day MA, and 29.15% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 61.80% over the last two weeks (from 0.89 to 0.34). The stock has gained 36.6% over the last year.

5. Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG): Entertainment - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $1.05B. The stock is currently 16.31% above its 20-day moving average, 17.17% above its 50-day MA, and 31.19% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 52.63% over the last two weeks (from 0.57 to 0.27). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.8). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 15.73% over the last week.

6. Worthington Industries, Inc. (WOR): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $1.55B. The stock is currently 9.94% above its 20-day moving average, 9.72% above its 50-day MA, and 29.01% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 51.92% over the last two weeks (from 0.52 to 0.25). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.58% (equivalent to 6.45 days of average volume). The stock has gained 8.28% over the last week.

7. Albemarle Corp. (ALB): Synthetics Industry. Market cap of $5.48B. The stock is currently 6.85% above its 20-day moving average, 5.79% above its 50-day MA, and 20.58% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 47.19% over the last two weeks (from 0.89 to 0.47). The stock has gained 5.66% over the last week.

8. MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV): Packaging & Containers Industry. Market cap of $5.15B. The stock is currently 6.79% above its 20-day moving average, 6.33% above its 50-day MA, and 21.64% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 45.83% over the last two weeks (from 0.48 to 0.26). MWV offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 3.3%, current ratio at 2, and quick ratio at 1.47. The stock has gained 20.4% over the last year.

9. Key Energy Services Inc. (KEG): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $2.22B. The stock is currently 2.02% above its 20-day moving average, 9.18% above its 50-day MA, and 39.31% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 45.10% over the last two weeks (from 0.51 to 0.28). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.27). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.3% (equivalent to 6.07 days of average volume). The stock has gained 56.75% over the last year.

10. Ariba Inc. (ARBA): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $3.19B. The stock is currently 8.99% above its 20-day moving average, 15.71% above its 50-day MA, and 59.53% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 39.80% over the last two weeks (from 0.98 to 0.59). The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.63%.

11. United Rentals, Inc. (URI): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $2.01B. The stock is currently 6.81% above its 20-day moving average, 10.10% above its 50-day MA, and 68.35% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 39.13% over the last two weeks (from 0.69 to 0.42). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.36). Short float at 23.93% (equivalent to 7.83 days of average volume), implying the stock is a short squeeze candidate. The stock has gained 259.01% over the last year.

12. Sotheby's (BID): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $3.58B. The stock is currently 13.39% above its 20-day moving average, 17.64% above its 50-day MA, and 39.90% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio decreased 36.36% over the last two weeks (from 0.77 to 0.49). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.31). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.82% over the last week. 

Options data sourced from Schaeffer’s, all other data sourced from Finviz. The data was collected on Friday, April 1st



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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