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Noteworthy Thursday Option Activity: UNP, HIG, MRK

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Looking at options trading activity among components of the S&P 500 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Union Pacific Corp (Symbol: UNP), where a total volume of 18,960 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 1.9 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 57.4% of UNP's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 3.3 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $97.50 strike put option expiring August 25, 2017 , with 1,978 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 197,800 underlying shares of UNP. Below is a chart showing UNP's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $97.50 strike highlighted in orange:

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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (Symbol: HIG) saw options trading volume of 9,213 contracts, representing approximately 921,300 underlying shares or approximately 50% of HIG's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.8 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $52.50 strike call option expiring July 28, 2017 , with 1,545 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 154,500 underlying shares of HIG. Below is a chart showing HIG's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $52.50 strike highlighted in orange:

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And Merck & Co Inc (Symbol: MRK) saw options trading volume of 34,156 contracts, representing approximately 3.4 million underlying shares or approximately 47.6% of MRK's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 7.2 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $65 strike call option expiring September 15, 2017 , with 7,951 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 795,100 underlying shares of MRK. Below is a chart showing MRK's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $65 strike highlighted in orange:

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For the various different available expirations for UNP options , HIG options , or MRK options , visit StockOptionsChannel.com.

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