Going long Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), Altria (NY: MO) puts

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At 10:19 a.m. EST, an Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO ) options investor took a bearish stance on the company and boosted later-dated put volume. The investor bought roughly 3,600 out-of-the-money September 19 puts for the ask price of $1.04 per contract. If MO shares close lower than $17.96 at September options expiration, this investor will make money on this long put position.

These puts have an implied volatility of 19%, and are currently trading up seven cents on the day.

MO shares have dropped 10 cents to $20.16 so far on the day. The company did not announce any news today. Yesterday, MO increased its quarterly dividend by one cent to 35 cents (a 2.9% rise).

Front-month action in Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM ) lit up around 9:58 a.m. EST, thanks to an investor who appears to be bearish on the wireless communications circuit producer. One large block of 4,600 out-of-the-money March 34 puts hit the tape at the ask price of 34 cents , suggesting one investor is expecting around 9% of downside in the near-term (the investor will make money if QCOM shares close lower than $33.64 at March expiration in 22 days).

Implied volatility of these puts is 35%, and the stock is currently trading down 97 cents to $36.90 a share. QCOM did not announce any news this morning.



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 , Options

Referenced Stocks: MO , QCOM

Karla Yeh

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