Top option buying in equities so far

David Russell (
October 19, 2012

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): Investors bought more than 22,000 October 9.50 calls for $0.02 to $0.04. Those contracts expire this afternoon, so they're looking for upside by the close. BAC rose 0.53 percent to $9.52.

Navistar International (NAV): Some 14,000 October 20 puts were sold for $0.25 against previous open interest. Equal-sized blocks traded in the November 18 calls, sold for $2.45, and the November 16 puts, bought for $0.35. It appears that a bearish position expiring today was closed and rolled forward in time. NAV fell 7.62 percent to $18.98.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD): Investors bought more than 10,000 January 2014 5 calls,
mostly for $0.19, looking for the chip maker to rebound over the long term. AMD plunged 15 percent to $2.23.

eBay (EBAY): Investors bought the November 45 puts for $0.22 and sold the November 55 calls for $0.14, positioning for downside in the online-auction stock. EBAY fell 2.24 percent to $49.69.

Sprint Nextel (S): More than 9,700 November 6 calls traded, mostly for $0.05 and $0.06, but volume was far below open interest at the strike. S fell 0.43 percent to $5.76.

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