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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.
Pfizer (PFE): Investors snapped up about 28,000 March 28 calls, mostly for $0.13 to $0.17, looking for the drug maker to push higher over the next two months. PFE rose 2.72 percent to $27.57.
Applied Materials (AMAT): An investor bought about 11,000 February 12 calls for $0.84 against open interest and sold a matching number of March 12 calls for $0.87, rolling a short position forward in time. AMAT fell 1.20 percent to $12.81.
HCA (HCA): More than 6,300 March 37.50 calls were bought, mostly for $1.80, as investors position for the hospital stock to push higher. HCA fell 1.26 percent to $36.91.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ): Volume surged in the February 16 puts, which were bought for $0.22 to $0.30, as traders look for the once-mighty computer maker to continue its downward slide. HPQ fell 4.05 percent to $16.33.