As of today's close, here are the top 10 names showing unusual
option activity on tradeMONSTER's LiveAction data system.
Hatteras Financial (HTS): Option volume 5,438 percent above
average. Call activity surged as investors looked to reap the
company's cash dividend.
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTI): Option volume 2,315
percent above average. Investors bought 3,000 December 72 calls for
$1.05 to $1.10, looking for upside. VTI fell 0.55 percent to
L-3 Communications (LLL): Option volume 1,345 percent above
average. Investors buy the August 90 calls and the July 90 calls,
looking for upside. LLL rose 3.83 percent to $86.21.
Pain Therapeutics (PTIE): Option volume 1,298 percent above
average. Investors bought the July 8 puts, looking for downside.
PTIE fell 5.41 percent to $8.75.
Thompson Creek (TC): Option volume 1,197 percent above average.
Investors sold about 9,700 September 10 puts for $0.85, looking for
the stock to hold its ground. TC fell 1.02 percent to $9.74.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are:
(Chart courtesy of tradeMONSTER)
- Health Net (HNT): Option volume 1,146 percent above
- Amylin Pharmaceuticals (AMLN): Option volume 1,124 percent
- QEP Resources (QEP): Option volume 1,101 percent above
- Hansen Natural (HANS): Option volume 1,076 percent above
- FMC Technologies (FTI): Option volume 983 percent above
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