Top 10 list of unusual option activity

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Nearing the halfway mark in today's session, here are the top 10 names showing unusual option activity on tradeMONSTER's LiveAction data system.

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

Harman International (HAR): Option volume 1,518 percent above average. There was heavy trading in the August 30 calls, the August 32.50 calls and the August 35 calls. HAR fell 6.13 percent to $28.20.

Kirby (KEX): Option volume 1,124 percent above average. Blocks of 1,500 contracts each traded in the August 55 puts and the August 60 calls, but volume was below open interest. KEX fell 0.77 percent to $51.50.

Universal Health Services (UHS): Option volume 885 percent above average. An investor sold more than 5,000 September 35 puts for $1.60, looking for the stock to hold its ground. UHS fell 2.76 percent to $37.30.

General Moly (GMO): Option volume 576 percent above average. The December 2 calls and December 4 calls were sold against existing open interest. GMO fell 8.29 percent to $3.87.

CACI International (CACI): Option volume 523 percent above average. About 1,500 August 55 puts were sold, mostly for $6.30. Volume was below open interest, suggesting that an existing position was unloaded. CACI is down 2.73 percent to $48.47.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are:

  • UBS (UBS): Option volume 418 percent above average.
  • Barclays (BCS): Option volume 402 percent above average.
  • Paychex (PAYX): Option volume 376 percent above average.
  • Deutsche Bank (DB): Option volume 375 percent above average.
  • Fidelity National Financial (FNF): Option volume 371 percent above average.

Unusual Activity

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This article appears in: Investing , Options
Referenced Symbols: CACI , GMO , HAR , KEX , UHS

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