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.
Marathon Petroleum (MPC): A block of 20,000 January 90 calls was bought for $3.90 as an investor positioned for continued upside in the oil refiner. MPC rose 0.60 percent to $78.26.
Talisman Energy (TLM): A block of 10,500 July 15 calls was bought for $0.45. Volume was below open interest at the strike, so it could result from an investor closing a short position or betting on a rally. TLM fell 1.44 percent to $12.33.
Merck (MRK): Almost 12,000 January 2015 50 calls were bought for $0.94 and $0.98 as investors seek a long-term rally in the drug maker. MRK fell 0.41 percent to $40.92.
Nokia (NOK): Some 10,000 April 4.50 puts were bought for $0.71 and 10,000 February 5 puts were sold for $0.90, but volume was below open interest at both strikes. NOK fell 1.21 percent to $4.07.