15 Large-Cap Stocks With Bearish Options Sentiment

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of large-cap stocks with a large number of open put option contracts relative to call option contracts (suggesting that options traders expect more downside from these names).

Options traders are bearish on all these names--what do you think? For contrarians, this excessive pessimism might raise a flag...

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company, the goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis. Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the Put/Call ratio.

1. McDonald's Corp. (MCD): Restaurants Industry. Market cap of $84.27B. Call open interest at 75,487 contracts vs. put open interest at 191,521 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.54). Short float at 0.91%, which implies a short ratio of 1.66 days. The stock has gained 32.91% over the last year.

2. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT): Farm & Construction Machinery Industry. Market cap of $56.73B. Call open interest at 119,663 contracts vs. put open interest at 253,507 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.12). Short float at 2.58%, which implies a short ratio of 2.11 days. The stock has gained 57.5% over the last year.

3. Union Pacific Corporation (UNP):
Railroads Industry. Market cap of $46.63B. Call open interest at 43,198 contracts vs. put open interest at 79,722 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.85). Short float at 1.55%, which implies a short ratio of 2.58 days. The stock has gained 49.89% over the last year.

4. Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT): Food Industry. Market cap of $52.96B. Call open interest at 111,015 contracts vs. put open interest at 199,371 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.8). Short float at 1.19%, which implies a short ratio of 2.44 days. The stock has gained 19.37% over the last year.

5. Nike Inc. (NKE): Textile Industry. Market cap of $41.83B. Call open interest at 24,518 contracts vs. put open interest at 41,987 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.71). Short float at 1.52%, which implies a short ratio of 2.17 days. The stock has gained 37.39% over the last year.

6. Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $26.42B. Call open interest at 8,682 contracts vs. put open interest at 14,695 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.69). Short float at 1.55%, which implies a short ratio of 5.03 days. The stock has gained 47.12% over the last year.

7. Simon Property Group Inc. (SPG): REIT Industry. Market cap of $29.9B. Call open interest at 29,641 contracts vs. put open interest at 49,312 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.66). Short float at 4.03%, which implies a short ratio of 5.62 days. The stock has gained 41.78% over the last year.

8. Altria Group Inc. (MO): Cigarettes Industry. Market cap of $49.71B. Call open interest at 139,384 contracts vs. put open interest at 230,794 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.66). Short float at 1.83%, which implies a short ratio of 2.86 days. The stock has gained 33.02% over the last year.

9. EI DuPont de Nemours & Co. (DD): Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $44.95B. Call open interest at 75,186 contracts vs. put open interest at 122,794 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.63). Short float at 1.43%, which implies a short ratio of 2.07 days. The stock has gained 47.43% over the last year.

10. Deere & Company (DE): Farm & Construction Machinery Industry. Market cap of $33.19B. Call open interest at 74,875 contracts vs. put open interest at 118,316 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.58). Short float at 1.36%, which implies a short ratio of 1.4 days. The stock has gained 46.7% over the last year.

11. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $22.1B. Call open interest at 13,146 contracts vs. put open interest at 20,642 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.57). Short float at 1.96%, which implies a short ratio of 7.65 days. The stock has gained 32.14% over the last year.

12. International Business Machines Corp. (IBM): Diversified Computer Systems Industry. Market cap of $180.61B. Call open interest at 115,802 contracts vs. put open interest at 180,974 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.56). Short float at 1.46%, which implies a short ratio of 3.19 days. The stock has gained 16.16% over the last year.

13. AFLAC Inc. (AFL): Accident & Health Insurance Industry. Market cap of $25.65B. Call open interest at 47,539 contracts vs. put open interest at 72,736 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.53). Short float at 1.18%, which implies a short ratio of 1.79 days. The stock has gained 22.6% over the last year.

14. Comcast Corporation (CMCSA)
: CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $58.12B. Call open interest at 172,843 contracts vs. put open interest at 259,083 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.5). Short float at 2.35%, which implies a short ratio of 3.03 days. The stock has gained 33.01% over the last year.

15. United Technologies Corp. (UTX): Conglomerates Industry. Market cap of $72.71B. Call open interest at 67,365 contracts vs. put open interest at 100,392 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.49). Short float at 0.92%, which implies a short ratio of 2.06 days. The stock has gained 19.92% over the last year.



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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