Top 10 list of unusual option activity

By David Russell,

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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. 

CB Richard Ellis Group (CBG): Options volume 1,674 percent above average. A position in 7,500 September 31 puts was rolled to the September 25 strike. CBG rises 2.01 percent to $23.40.

Omnicom Group (OMC): Options volume 1,668 percent above average. An investor sold the October 50 calls and the October 40 puts while buying the October 45 puts, positioning for downside in the advertising stock. OMC rises 0.31 percent to $45.15.

Delta Petroleum (DPTR): Options volume 1,118 percent above average. A position in the June 1 puts was rolled to the December 1 strike. DPTR rises 0.71 percent to $0.56.

Goodrich (GR): Options volume 828 percent above average. Investors bought more than 3,300 July 90 puts for $2.05 to $2.55, seeking protection as the aerospace stock climbs. GR rises 2.25 percent to $90.15.

Chelsea Therapeutics International (CHTP): Options volume 824 percent above average. A block of 2,500 July 5 puts was sold as a trader looks for the drug developer to hold its ground or rally. CHTP rises 4.53 percent to $5.08.

Rounding out the other busiest names:

  • Eagle Bulk Shipping (EGLE): Options volume 810 percent above average.
  • Atlas Energy (ATLS): Options volume 602 percent above average.
  • SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector Fund (XLY): Options volume 498 percent above average.
  • Newell Rubbermaid (NWL): Options volume 448 percent above average.
  • BMC Software (BMC): Options volume 445 percent above average.
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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: CBG , CHTP , DPTR , EGLE , GR

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