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.
KKR (KKR): Some 5,600 January 21 calls were purchased in the private-equity firm for $0.75 as investors position for a rally into early next year. KKR rose 1.20 percent to $18.52.
Dole Food (DOLE): Investors sold the July 8 puts about bought the July 10 calls. Volume was below open interest at both strikes, indicating that a protective strategy was likely closed. DOLE rose 0.66 percent to $9.40.
Merck (MRK): Some 11,500 January 40 puts changed hands as investors brace for a pullback in the high-flying pharmaceutical name. MRK fell 0.55 percent to $48.46.
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