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 LiveAction data system.

General Maritime (GMR): Option volume 1,214 percent above average. Investors bought 2,020 February 1 calls for about $0.46 and sold and equal number of February 1 puts for $0.22, looking for upside. GMR fell 4.31 percent to $1.11.

Navistar International (NAV): Option volume 1,038 percent above average. Investors bought about 5,900 the January 70 calls for $1.90 and sold an equal number of January 75 calls for $1.10. The trade was a bullish vertical spread. NAV fell 3.23 percent to $55.95.

Baxter International (BAX): Option volume 1,012 percent above average. About 42,000 August 55 calls were sold for $6.20. BAX fell 0.92 percent to $60.50.

Oceaneering International (OII): Option volume 960 percent above average. A position in 1,500 July 42.50 calls was rolled to the August 45 strike. OII fell 0.42 percent to $42.75.

Martin Marietta Materials (MLM): Option volume 822 percent above average. Investors sold the August 80 puts and bought the August 80 calls, looking for upside. MLM fell 1.21 percent to $79.86.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are:

  • Thoratec (THOR): Option volume 663 percent above average.
  • Lender Processing (LPS): Option volume 585 percent above average.
  • SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (XOP): Option volume 518 percent above average.
  • iShares MSCI Australia Index (EWA): Option volume 403 percent above average.
  • Agilent Technologies (A): Option volume 387 percent above average.

TM Unusual Volume

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This article appears in: Investing , Options

Referenced Stocks: BAX , LPS , MLM , OII , THOR

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