30 Services Stocks With Bullish Options

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The following is a list of service-related stocks.

All of the names mentioned below have a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions, i.e. a low Put/Call ratio.

Some technical traders view the Put/Call ratio as a contrary indicator when it reaches extreme highs or lows. In other words, because the stocks mentioned below have a high number of open call option positions, contrarians would think most of the stocks mentioned below are set for a pullback. Do you agree?

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. PharMerica Corporation (PMC): Drug Stores Industry. Market cap of $344.39M. Call open interest at 2,758 contracts vs. put open interest at 126 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.05). Short float at 7.77%, which implies a short ratio of 7.31 days. The stock has lost -34.39% over the last year.

2. Giant Interactive Group, Inc. (GA): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.73B. Call open interest at 3,716 contracts vs. put open interest at 264 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.07). Short float at 0.2%, which implies a short ratio of 1.08 days. The stock has gained 3.11% over the last year.

3. Total System Services, Inc. (TSS): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $3.45B. Call open interest at 4,612 contracts vs. put open interest at 340 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.07). Short float at 5.51%, which implies a short ratio of 9.07 days. The stock has gained 24.74% over the last year.

4. Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $975.52M. Call open interest at 2,565 contracts vs. put open interest at 282 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.11). Short float at 3.54%, which implies a short ratio of 3.32 days. The stock has gained 12.72% over the last year.

5. Cedar Fair LP (FUN): General Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $1.09B. Call open interest at 2,685 contracts vs. put open interest at 351 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.13). Short float at 0.29%, which implies a short ratio of 1.01 days. The stock has gained 77.87% over the last year.

6. Liberty Starz Group (LSTZA): Entertainment - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $3.62B. Call open interest at 4,321 contracts vs. put open interest at 688 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.16). Short float at 1.88%, which implies a short ratio of 2.99 days. The stock has gained 37.57% over the last year.

7. Staples, Inc. (SPLS): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $15.4B. Call open interest at 35,595 contracts vs. put open interest at 6,061 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.17). Short float at 1.78%, which implies a short ratio of 1.52 days. The stock has lost -16.24% over the last year.

8. LivePerson Inc. (LPSN): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $509.52M. Call open interest at 999 contracts vs. put open interest at 189 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.19). Short float at 2.96%, which implies a short ratio of 2.72 days. The stock has gained 40.67% over the last year.

9. Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ): Restaurants Industry. Market cap of $1.01B. Call open interest at 9,937 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,029 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.2). Short float at 6.05%, which implies a short ratio of 4.18 days. The stock has gained 32.42% over the last year.

10. Aircastle LTD (AYR): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $960.M. Call open interest at 2,677 contracts vs. put open interest at 553 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.21). Short float at 1.47%, which implies a short ratio of 2.46 days. The stock has gained 30.31% over the last year.

11. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (LYV): General Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $1.85B. Call open interest at 5,391 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,119 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.21). Short float at 5.49%, which implies a short ratio of 6.09 days. The stock has lost -16.23% over the last year.

12. Chico's FAS Inc. (CHS): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $2.44B. Call open interest at 27,346 contracts vs. put open interest at 6,233 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 5.73%, which implies a short ratio of 2.89 days. The stock has gained 0.44% over the last year.

13. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. (RRGB): Restaurants Industry. Market cap of $407.77M. Call open interest at 12,156 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,014 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.25). Short float at 12.33%, which implies a short ratio of 6.45 days. The stock has gained 16.11% over the last year.

14. China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. (CSR): Security & Protection Services Industry. Market cap of $415.2M. Call open interest at 5,546 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,629 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.29). Short float at 14.39%, which implies a short ratio of 8.75 days. The stock has lost -35.86% over the last year.

15. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (HOS): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $751.44M. Call open interest at 3,701 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,110 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.3). Short float at 19.13%, which implies a short ratio of 6.15 days. The stock has gained 51.6% over the last year.

16. Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (PBY): Auto Parts Stores Industry. Market cap of $658.08M. Call open interest at 1,135 contracts vs. put open interest at 349 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 4.53%, which implies a short ratio of 4.57 days. The stock has gained 31.76% over the last year.

17. Genesco Inc. (GCO): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $933.46M. Call open interest at 635 contracts vs. put open interest at 196 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 12.72%, which implies a short ratio of 9.75 days. The stock has gained 54.56% over the last year.

18. AMR Corporation (AMR): Major Airlines Industry. Market cap of $2.25B. Call open interest at 195,803 contracts vs. put open interest at 60,617 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 11.5%, which implies a short ratio of 3.24 days. The stock has lost -28.37% over the last year.

19. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WYN): Lodging Industry. Market cap of $5.42B. Call open interest at 18,089 contracts vs. put open interest at 5,715 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 3.94%, which implies a short ratio of 2.87 days. The stock has gained 34.48% over the last year.

20. US Airways Group, Inc. (LCC): Major Airlines Industry. Market cap of $1.39B. Call open interest at 69,775 contracts vs. put open interest at 23,559 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 13.58%, which implies a short ratio of 3.28 days. The stock has gained 11.96% over the last year.

21. Lamar Advertising Co. (LAMR): Marketing Services Industry. Market cap of $3.57B. Call open interest at 5,331 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,812 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 5.36%, which implies a short ratio of 8.62 days. The stock has gained 22.19% over the last year.

22. LKQ Corp. (LKQX): Auto Parts Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $3.43B. Call open interest at 421 contracts vs. put open interest at 146 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.35). Short float at 1.84%, which implies a short ratio of 4.37 days. The stock has gained 22.66% over the last year.

23. URS Corporation (URS): Technical Services Industry. Market cap of $3.85B. Call open interest at 4,117 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,431 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.35). Short float at 2.24%, which implies a short ratio of 2.51 days. The stock has lost -0.56% over the last year.

24. Limelight Networks, Inc. (LLNW): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $688.88M. Call open interest at 13,390 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,808 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 3.33%, which implies a short ratio of 1.2 days. The stock has gained 81.94% over the last year.

25. United Continental Holdings (UAL): Major Airlines Industry. Market cap of $7.62B. Call open interest at 128,658 contracts vs. put open interest at 48,216 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.37). Short float at 10.85%, which implies a short ratio of 5.56 days. The stock has gained 33.33% over the last year.

26. Pier 1 Imports Inc. (PIR): Home Furnishing Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.18B. Call open interest at 3,524 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,345 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.38). Short float at 11.53%, which implies a short ratio of 5.65 days. The stock has gained 48.67% over the last year.

27. Con-way Inc. (CNW): Trucking Industry. Market cap of $1.78B. Call open interest at 3,669 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,415 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.39). Short float at 8.81%, which implies a short ratio of 6.58 days. The stock has gained 1.28% over the last year.

28. Overstock.com Inc. (OSTK): Catalog & Mail Order Houses Industry. Market cap of $351.67M. Call open interest at 3,460 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,343 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.39). Short float at 15.49%, which implies a short ratio of 19.01 days. The stock has gained 18.22% over the last year.

29. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (DTG): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.53B. Call open interest at 35,253 contracts vs. put open interest at 14,865 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.42). Short float at 6.15%, which implies a short ratio of 4.64 days. The stock has gained 71.32% over the last year.

30. Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC): Railroads Industry. Market cap of $24.69B. Call open interest at 23,642 contracts vs. put open interest at 10,034 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.42). Short float at 0.99%, which implies a short ratio of 1.3 days. The stock has gained 27.64% over the last year.



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