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.
Pfizer (PFE): Investors snapped up about 28,000 March 28 calls, mostly for $0.13 to $0.17, looking for the drug maker to push higher over the next two months. PFE rose 2.72 percent to $27.57.
Applied Materials (AMAT): An investor bought about 11,000 February 12 calls for $0.84 against open interest and sold a matching number of March 12 calls for $0.87, rolling a short position forward in time. AMAT fell 1.20 percent to $12.81.
HCA (HCA): More than 6,300 March 37.50 calls were bought, mostly for $1.80, as investors position for the hospital stock to push higher. HCA fell 1.26 percent to $36.91.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ): Volume surged in the February 16 puts, which were bought for $0.22 to $0.30, as traders look for the once-mighty computer maker to continue its downward slide. HPQ fell 4.05 percent to $16.33.
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