Monday's High Volume Gainers With Bullish Options Sentiment

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Compiled by Eben Esterhuizen, CFA: The following is a list of Monday's high volume gainers with bullish option market sentiment, i.e. a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions.

For each stock, we'll list the Relative Volume indicator, which expresses Monday's trading volume as a multiple of the 3-month average volume.

Relative Volume data sourced from Finviz, options data sourced from Schaeffer's.

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The list has been sorted by the Put/Call ratio. (Note: All data based on values at 12:55pm ET, December 13)

1. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NAK): Gold Industry. Market cap of $1.26B. Monday's Relative Volume at 5.66, with the stock gaining 1.42% during the session. Call open interest at 9,684 contracts vs. put open interest at 884 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.09). Short float at 0.69%, which implies a short ratio of 1.2 days. The stock has gained 62.15% over the last year.

2. Grupo Simec S.A.B. de C.V. (SIM): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $1.31B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.33, with the stock gaining 2.16% during the session. Call open interest at 262 contracts vs. put open interest at 30 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.11). Short float at 0.51%, which implies a short ratio of 3.33 days. The stock has lost -7.52% over the last year.

3. MIPS Technologies Inc. (MIPS): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $755.16M. Monday's Relative Volume at 3.86, with the stock gaining 10.35% during the session. Call open interest at 58,593 contracts vs. put open interest at 6,817 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.12). Short float at 17.58%, which implies a short ratio of 3.7 days. The stock has gained 293.47% over the last year.

4. Endeavour Silver Corp. (EXK): Silver Industry. Market cap of $498.91M. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.17, with the stock gaining 3.66% during the session. Call open interest at 17,926 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,166 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.12). Short float at 1.37%, which implies a short ratio of 0.64 days. The stock has gained 98.05% over the last year.

5. Western Gas Partners Lp (WES): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $2.07B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.6, with the stock gaining 1.91% during the session. Call open interest at 1,105 contracts vs. put open interest at 180 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.16). Short float at 0.49%, which implies a short ratio of 0.71 days. The stock has gained 71.67% over the last year.

6. Exeter Resource Corporation (XRA): Gold Industry. Market cap of $502.46M. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.41, with the stock gaining 4.44% during the session. Call open interest at 14,188 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,514 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.18). Short float at 0.52%, which implies a short ratio of 1 days. The stock has lost -4.1% over the last year.

7. PriceSmart Inc. (PSMT): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.15B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.79, with the stock gaining 1.63% during the session. Call open interest at 216 contracts vs. put open interest at 39 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.18). Short float at 2.55%, which implies a short ratio of 5.9 days. The stock has gained 98.56% over the last year.

8. Liberty Starz Group (LSTZA): Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $3.45B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.08, with the stock gaining 1.92% during the session. Call open interest at 652 contracts vs. put open interest at 172 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.26). Short float at 0.53%, which implies a short ratio of 0.77 days. The stock has gained 37.4% over the last year.

9. Express Inc. (EXPR): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.5B. Monday's Relative Volume at 3.55, with the stock gaining 1.5% during the session. Call open interest at 5,135 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,369 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.27). Short float at 3.78%, which implies a short ratio of 6.91 days.

10. North American Palladium Ltd. (PAL): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $921.2M. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.31, with the stock gaining 3.72% during the session. Call open interest at 20,532 contracts vs. put open interest at 5,912 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.29). Short float at 3.73%, which implies a short ratio of 1.49 days. The stock has gained 100.97% over the last year.

11. Sprint Nextel Corp. (S):
Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $12.61B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.07, with the stock gaining 4.97% during the session. Call open interest at 752,744 contracts vs. put open interest at 221,192 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.29). Short float at 4.58%, which implies a short ratio of 2.82 days. The stock has gained 4.71% over the last year.

12. Semtech Corp. (SMTC): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.49B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.42, with the stock gaining 3.47% during the session. Call open interest at 6,845 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,036 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.3). Short float at 9.02%, which implies a short ratio of 7.99 days. The stock has gained 41.93% over the last year.

13. Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $8.39B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.94, with the stock gaining 1.54% during the session. Call open interest at 4,429 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,364 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 0.21%, which implies a short ratio of 0.81 days. The stock has gained 26.28% over the last year.

14. Taseko Mines Ltd. (TGB): Copper Industry. Market cap of $915.32M. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.27, with the stock gaining 5.53% during the session. Call open interest at 37,444 contracts vs. put open interest at 12,255 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.33). Short float at 0.81%, which implies a short ratio of 0.36 days. The stock has gained 24.68% over the last year.

15. Ternium S.A. (TX): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $7.54B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.76, with the stock gaining 3.75% during the session. Call open interest at 4,814 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,746 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 0.18%, which implies a short ratio of 1.48 days. The stock has gained 16.86% over the last year.

16. Allis-Chalmers Energy, Inc. (ALY): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $419.29M. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.25, with the stock gaining 10.16% during the session. Call open interest at 1,722 contracts vs. put open interest at 626 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 1.78%, which implies a short ratio of 1.66 days. The stock has gained 67.45% over the last year.

17. EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $3.93B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.2, with the stock gaining 2.97% during the session. Call open interest at 39,781 contracts vs. put open interest at 14,833 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.37). Short float at 4.79%, which implies a short ratio of 3.04 days. The stock has lost -2.68% over the last year.

18. First Horizon National Corp. (FHN): Regional Bank. Market cap of $2.5B. Monday's Relative Volume at 3.04, with the stock gaining 3.8% during the session. Call open interest at 13,399 contracts vs. put open interest at 5,284 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.39). Short float at 13.05%, which implies a short ratio of 7.31 days. The stock has lost -23.97% over the last year.

19. Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (SNCR): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $872.1M. Monday's Relative Volume at 4.45, with the stock gaining 7.63% during the session. Call open interest at 3,417 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,458 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.43). Short float at 7.49%, which implies a short ratio of 5.62 days. The stock has gained 81.39% over the last year.

20. Sims Metal Management Limited (SMS):
Wholesale, Other Industry. Market cap of $4.01B. Monday's Relative Volume at 2.07, with the stock gaining 2.24% during the session. Call open interest at 810 contracts vs. put open interest at 346 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.43). Short float at 0.06%, which implies a short ratio of 1.21 days. The stock has gained 1.87% 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.



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