5 Large Cap Companies With Rising Put Volume

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of large-cap stocks that have seen a recent increase in the Put/Call ratio, which is based on open interest of option contracts. All these names have market caps between $10B to $200B.


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 put option positions relative to call option positions, contrarians would think most of the stocks mentioned below are set for a rally. Do you agree?

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz. (Please note: All changes in the Put/Call ratio occur between 1/25 - 2/07)

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

1. AFLAC Inc. (AFL): Accident & Health Insurance Industry. Market cap of $27.08B. Current Put/Call ratio at 2.85 vs. previous Put/Call ratio at 1.11 (156.76% change). Short float at 1.46%, which implies a short ratio of 2.15 days. The stock has gained 21.81% over the last year.
 
2. TD AMERITRADE Holding Corporation (AMTD): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $11.91B. Current Put/Call ratio at 2.18 vs. previous Put/Call ratio at 0.96 (127.08% change). Short float at 11.8%, which implies a short ratio of 7.39 days. The stock has gained 23.06% over the last year.
 
3. Western Union Co. (WU): Personal Services Industry. Market cap of $13.75B. Current Put/Call ratio at 1.66 vs. previous Put/Call ratio at 0.88 (88.64% change). Short float at 3.85%, which implies a short ratio of 4.58 days. The stock has gained 28.91% over the last year.
 
4. Kellogg Company (K): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $19.67B. Current Put/Call ratio at 1.92 vs. previous Put/Call ratio at 1.15 (66.96% change). Short float at 22.66%, which implies a short ratio of 3.01 days. The stock has gained 4.48% over the last year.
 
5. PPL Corporation (PPL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.11B. Current Put/Call ratio at 2.42 vs. previous Put/Call ratio at 1.98 (22.22% change). Short float at 1.17%, which implies a short ratio of 1.38 days. The stock has lost -8.87% 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.



This article appears in: Investing , Investing Ideas , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: AFL , AMTD , K , PPL , WU

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