Top 10 list of unusual option activity

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About halfway through today's session, here are the top 10 names showing unusual option activity on tradeMONSTER's data systems.

Cninsure ADR (CISG): Option volume 2,294 percent above average. There was heavy trading in the September 11 puts for $1.30 to $2.75. CISG fell 10 percent to $10.98.

Collective Brands (PSS): Option volume 1,413 percent above average. Activity surged after the shoe retailer beat earnings forecasts and announced plans to close stores. PSS rose 22 percent to $12.50.

Liz Claiborne (LIZ): Option volume 1,157 percent above average. Investors bought more than 4,000 September 5 calls for $0.20, looking for upside. LIZ rose 4.65 percent to $4.50.

Ventas (VTR): Option volume 967 percent above average. Investors bought more than 3,000 October 50 puts, looking for downside. VTR fell 1.19 percent to $50.59.

Shanda Games (GAME): Option volume 807 percent above average. Investors purchased more than 1,000 March 5 calls for $1.05 and $1.10. GAME rose 11 percent to $5.40.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are:

  • SPDR S&P Hombuilders ETF (XHB): Option volume 759 percent above average.
  • Lloyds Banking Group (LYG): Option volume 675 percent above average.
  • Honeywell (HON): Option volume 595 percent above average.
  • Marsh & McLennan (MMC): Option volume 594 percent above average.
  • A123 Systems (AONE): Option volume 589 percent above average.


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This article appears in: Investing , Options
Referenced Symbols: CISG , GAME , LIZ , PSS , VTR

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