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.

Bank of America (BAC): Some 10,000 August 7 calls were bought for $0.93 to $1 as investors look for upside in the stock. BAC rose 0.90 percent to $7.89.

Microsoft (MSFT): Investors purchased more than 9,000 contracts in the July 29 calls for $0.58 to $0.73. The July 31s were also active. MSFT rose 0.27 percent to $29.47.

Citigroup (C): Some 8,700 August 26 puts were bought for $0.73 to $0.80, as investors sought protection in the face of today's gains. C rose 1.24 percent to $26.98.

ITT Educational Services (ESI): An investor purchased more than 7,000 October 57.50 calls for $3.35. There was also unusual activity in the October 57.50 puts. ESI rose 0.41 percent to $56.08.

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