Stocks Seeing Unusual Volume, With Bullish Options Sentiment

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of stocks seeing unusually high trading volume during Thursday's session. For each stock we'll list the Relative Volume indicator, which expresses today's volume as a multiple of the three month average.

In addition, all of these stocks have a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions, i.e. bullish options market sentiment.

This list might offer an interesting starting point to momentum investors.

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, relative volume data sourced from Finviz.

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

1. AEGON N.V. (AEG): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $11.38B. Relative volume at 4.6. Call open interest at 656 contracts vs. put open interest at 107 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.16). Short float at 0.12%, which implies a short ratio of 2.17 days. The stock has lost -6.59% over the last year.

2. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NAK): Gold Industry. Market cap of $1.6B. Relative volume at 5.09. Call open interest at 12,648 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,648 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.21). Short float at 1.05%, which implies a short ratio of 1.38 days. The stock has gained 81.04% over the last year.

3. Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $2.36B. Relative volume at 3.67. Call open interest at 4,568 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,033 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 10.01%, which implies a short ratio of 10.6 days. The stock has gained 45.01% over the last year.

4. Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTIC): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $317.76M. Relative volume at 3.57. Call open interest at 56,360 contracts vs. put open interest at 14,713 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.26). Short float at 7.35%, which implies a short ratio of 15.34 days. The stock has lost -66.67% over the last year.

5. Powell Industries, Inc. (POWL): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $445.39M. Relative volume at 4.26. Call open interest at 427 contracts vs. put open interest at 113 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.26). Short float at 3.54%, which implies a short ratio of 4.76 days. The stock has gained 18.69% over the last year.

6. El Paso Corp. (EP): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $9.72B. Relative volume at 5.3. Call open interest at 159,502 contracts vs. put open interest at 43,837 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.27). Short float at 1.96%, which implies a short ratio of 2.12 days. The stock has gained 30.07% over the last year.

7. IDT Corporation (IDT): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $607.84M. Relative volume at 3.33. Call open interest at 5,309 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,663 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 6.68%, which implies a short ratio of 3.21 days. The stock has gained 542.58% over the last year.

8. Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (MIC): Basic Materials Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $948.69M. Relative volume at 8.06. Call open interest at 1,338 contracts vs. put open interest at 430 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 0.85%, which implies a short ratio of 2.41 days. The stock has gained 56.25% over the last year.

9. Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $15.14B. Relative volume at 3.68. Call open interest at 403,124 contracts vs. put open interest at 132,589 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.33). Short float at 1.84%, which implies a short ratio of 1.42 days. The stock has gained 21.44% over the last year.

10. EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $4.11B. Relative volume at 3.89. Call open interest at 56,720 contracts vs. put open interest at 19,135 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 4.64%, which implies a short ratio of 3.06 days. The stock has lost -2.37% over the last year.

11. ON Semiconductor Corp. (ONNN): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $4.92B. Relative volume at 4.16. Call open interest at 23,667 contracts vs. put open interest at 8,415 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 4.41%, which implies a short ratio of 2.86 days. The stock has gained 32.36% over the last year.

12. TTM Technologies Inc. (TTMI): Printed Circuit Boards Industry. Market cap of $1.17B. Relative volume at 7.19. Call open interest at 2,423 contracts vs. put open interest at 871 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 7.83%, which implies a short ratio of 8.04 days. The stock has gained 28.47% over the last year.

13. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA): Foreign Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $38.6B. Relative volume at 5.41. Call open interest at 41,143 contracts vs. put open interest at 15,132 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.37). Short float at 0.14%, which implies a short ratio of 1.79 days. The stock has lost -42.9% over the last year.

14. North American Palladium Ltd. (PAL): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $1.07B. Relative volume at 4.39. Call open interest at 35,243 contracts vs. put open interest at 12,971 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.37). Short float at 3.2%, which implies a short ratio of 1.09 days. The stock has gained 64.16% over the last year.

15. Keegan Resources Inc. (KGN): Gold Industry. Market cap of $385.05M. Relative volume at 3.48. Call open interest at 447 contracts vs. put open interest at 169 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.38). Short float at 0.09%, which implies a short ratio of 0.49 days. The stock has gained 23.28% over the last year.

16. National Grid plc (NGG): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $30.23B. Relative volume at 4.49. Call open interest at 1,466 contracts vs. put open interest at 558 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.38). Short float at 0.05%, which implies a short ratio of 0.5 days. The stock has lost -13.1% over the last year.

17. DexCom, Inc. (DXCM): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $890.93M. Relative volume at 3.04. Call open interest at 2,459 contracts vs. put open interest at 950 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.39). Short float at 7.13%, which implies a short ratio of 8.44 days. The stock has gained 64.53% over the last year.

18. PPL Corporation (PPL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.86B. Relative volume at 4.71. Call open interest at 11,543 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,585 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.4). Short float at 1.27%, which implies a short ratio of 1.57 days. The stock has lost -14.03% over the last year.

19. Sanmina-SCI Corp. (SANM): Printed Circuit Boards Industry. Market cap of $1.02B. Relative volume at 4.33. Call open interest at 11,130 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,791 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.43). Short float at 8.45%, which implies a short ratio of 5.65 days. The stock has gained 9.47% over the last year.

20. AMERCO (UHAL): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.74B. Relative volume at 3.71. Call open interest at 597 contracts vs. put open interest at 266 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.45). Short float at 3.85%, which implies a short ratio of 4.16 days. The stock has gained 95.56% 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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