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Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of 3M Put Options (MMM)

3M Company (NYSE:MMM) saw some unusual options trading on Friday. Investors bought 5,772 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 274% compared to the typical daily volume of 1,543 put options. 3M (NYSE:MMM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The conglomerate reported $2.58 EPS for the quarter, […]

J P Morgan Chase & Co Sees Unusually High Options Volume (JPM)

J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Friday. Stock traders purchased 32,689 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 138% compared to the average daily volume of 13,712 put options. A number of brokerages have issued reports on JPM. BidaskClub raised J P […]

Investors Purchase High Volume of Call Options on Halliburton (HAL)

Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Stock traders bought 8,071 call options on the company. This is an increase of 107% compared to the typical daily volume of 3,906 call options. Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co decreased their […]

McDonald’s Corporation Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (MCD)

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Stock investors acquired 16,798 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 316% compared to the average volume of 4,036 put options. Shares of McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) opened at 158.91 on Monday. McDonald’s Corporation has a one year low […]

Investors Purchase High Volume of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Call Options (APC)

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Traders acquired 5,727 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 163% compared to the typical daily volume of 2,174 call options. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE APC) opened at 48.83 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average […]

Equifax Sees Unusually High Options Volume (EFX)

Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Stock investors purchased 17,060 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 111% compared to the typical daily volume of 8,085 put options. EFX has been the topic of a number of research reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated […]

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (MTU) Short Interest Update

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (NYSE:MTU) saw a large drop in short interest during the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 2,227,378 shares, a drop of 35.4% from the August 15th total of 3,446,022 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 1,313,366 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is […]

Investors Purchase Large Volume of Ford Motor Call Options (F)

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Traders acquired 43,401 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 178% compared to the average daily volume of 15,614 call options. Several brokerages have recently commented on F. BidaskClub cut shares of Ford Motor from a […]

Astrazeneca PLC Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (AZN)

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) saw some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Traders purchased 8,259 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 1,510% compared to the typical daily volume of 513 put options. Shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) opened at 33.95 on Monday. Astrazeneca PLC has a 52-week low of $25.55 and a […]

Short Interest in Silver Wheaton Corp (WPM) Expands By 42.1%

Silver Wheaton Corp (NYSE:WPM) saw a large growth in short interest in the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 6,202,487 shares, a growth of 42.1% from the August 15th total of 4,366,075 shares. Currently, 1.4% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of […]

Microsoft Corporation Sees Unusually High Options Volume (MSFT)

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Investors acquired 29,563 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 118% compared to the typical daily volume of 13,565 put options. In other Microsoft Corporation news, insider Jean Philippe Courtois sold 26,763 shares of Microsoft Corporation stock […]

United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (UNG) Short Interest Down 4.2% in August

United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (NYSE:UNG) was the recipient of a significant decline in short interest in the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 51,375,716 shares, a decline of 4.2% from the August 15th total of 53,619,325 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 5,097,019 shares, the […]

Foot Locker, Inc. (FL) Sees Large Decline in Short Interest

Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) saw a significant decline in short interest in August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 11,971,312 shares, a decline of 18.3% from the August 15th total of 14,654,505 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 9,971,413 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.2 days. Currently, 9.2% of […]

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. (PAGP) Short Interest Up 53.3% in August

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. (NYSE:PAGP) was the target of a significant growth in short interest during the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 4,261,701 shares, a growth of 53.3% from the August 15th total of 2,780,860 shares. Currently, 2.9% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based […]

KAR Auction Services, Inc (KAR) Short Interest Update

KAR Auction Services, Inc (NYSE:KAR) saw a large increase in short interest in the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 1,743,754 shares, an increase of 114.2% from the August 15th total of 814,107 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 989,381 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.8 […]

iShares MSCI Japan ETF Sees Unusually High Options Volume (EWJ)

iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE:EWJ) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Investors bought 18,984 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 1,405% compared to the typical volume of 1,261 call options. Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Intellectus Partners […]

Adobe Systems Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (ADBE)

Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) saw unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock traders purchased 27,240 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 752% compared to the average daily volume of 3,199 put options. ADBE has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of […]

American Airlines Group Target of Unusually High Options Trading (AAL)

American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Monday. Stock traders acquired 1,841 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 221% compared to the average volume of 574 put options. AAL has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Buckingham Research restated a […]

Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Call Options on WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ)

WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSE:DXJ) saw some unusual options trading on Monday. Investors acquired 24,429 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 528% compared to the typical daily volume of 3,890 call options. WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSE DXJ) opened at 54.14 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day […]

Merck & Company, Inc. (MRK) Short Interest Update

Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) was the target of a large growth in short interest in August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 19,177,930 shares, a growth of 27.3% from the August 15th total of 15,062,209 shares. Approximately 0.7% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average […]

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. (CX) Short Interest Update

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:CX) was the target of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 21,247,519 shares, a decrease of 18.8% from the August 15th total of 26,161,699 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 7,510,384 shares, the days-to-cover ratio […]

Market Vectors Oil Services ETF Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (OIH)

Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSE:OIH) saw unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Traders acquired 15,361 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 286% compared to the typical volume of 3,983 call options. Shares of Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSE:OIH) opened at 25.21 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving […]

Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (SMH)

Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSE:SMH) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors acquired 32,409 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 414% compared to the typical daily volume of 6,311 put options. Shares of Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSE SMH) opened at 91.57 on Friday. Market […]

Vanguard MSCI EAFE ETF (VEA) Short Interest Up 54.6% in August

Vanguard MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSE:VEA) saw a large increase in short interest in the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 13,471,128 shares, an increase of 54.6% from the August 15th total of 8,711,658 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 6,111,891 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.2 […]

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund Target of Unusually High Options Trading (XLF)

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF) saw some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Traders bought 147,679 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 106% compared to the typical volume of 71,562 call options. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) opened at 25.43 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is […]