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.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX): Some 4,500 May 33 calls were purchased for $3.40 as an investor positioned for upside in the share price. FCX fell 1.64 percent to $34.78.

Baidu (BIDU): A block of 5,000 January 125 calls was purchased for $0.05. While bullish, volume was below open interest, so it may have resulted from an existing position being closed. BIDU fell 1.47 percent to $100.78.

MetLife (MET): More than 12,000 March 30 puts were bought for $0.24 to $0.30 as investors brace for downside in the share price. MET rose 1.10 percent to $36.19.

Bank of America (BAC): Almost 7,800 February 12 calls were purchased for $0.40 to $0.51 but volume was far below open interest at the strike. BAC fell 1.16 percent to $11.95.

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