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Noteworthy Friday Option Activity: BLK, MLM, HLF


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Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Blackrock Inc (Symbol: BLK), where a total volume of 3,371 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 337,100 underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 64.1% of BLK's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 525,580 shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $440 strike put option expiring May 17, 2019 , with 680 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 68,000 underlying shares of BLK. Below is a chart showing BLK's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $440 strike highlighted in orange:

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Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (Symbol: MLM) options are showing a volume of 3,907 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 390,700 underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 61.8% of MLM's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 632,650 shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $220 strike put option expiring June 21, 2019 , with 1,274 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 127,400 underlying shares of MLM. Below is a chart showing MLM's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $220 strike highlighted in orange:

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And Herbalife Nutrition Ltd (Symbol: HLF) options are showing a volume of 14,465 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 1.4 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 60.9% of HLF's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 2.4 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $45 strike put option expiring May 17, 2019 , with 7,712 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 771,200 underlying shares of HLF. Below is a chart showing HLF's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $45 strike highlighted in orange:

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This article appears in: Investing , Stocks , Options
Referenced Symbols: BLK , MLM , HLF




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