Largest option buying in equities so far
Nearing the halfway mark in today's session, here are the
individual equity names with the most call and put buying on
optionMONSTER's ActionTracker data system.
Symantec (SYMC): A block of 20,000 January 17.50 puts was sold for $0.81 and 20,000 January 20 calls were bought for $0.89. The strategy is similar to owning shares and will leverage a rally in the stock. SYMC fell 0.37 percent to $18.87.
Barrick Gold (ABX): Some 10,000 January 40 calls were purchased, mostly for $4.20. While bullish, volume was below open interest, so it may have resulted from an existing short position being closed. ABX is down 1.66 percent to $43.03.
Morgan Stanley (MS): Some 12,000 October 16 puts were bought for $0.38 as investors position for downside in the share price. MS falls 2.62 percent to $17.11.
EMC (EMC): A block of 35,000 January 2014 23 puts was sold for $2.15 and 35,000 January 2014 35 calls were bought for $1.42. The strategy is similar to owning shares and will leverage a
rally in the stock. EMC falls 1.09 percent to $27.42.
American International Group (AIG): Some 20,000 January 25 puts were bought for $0.23 but volume was below open interest at the strike. AIG falls 1.28ms percent to $33.82.