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Largest option buying in equities so far

David Russell (david.russell@optionmonster.com)

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.

PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index (UUP): Investors bought some 240,000 October 22 calls, mostly for $0.11 and $0.12, looking for the U.S. currency to advance. UUP fell 0.64 percent to $21.61.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA): More than 10,000 October 40 puts were purchased, mostly for $0.44, as investors position for the drug maker to retreat. TEVA rose 0.93 percent to $41.05

Bank of America (BAC): Investors bought more than 50,000 September 9 calls, mostly for $0.71 to $0.76, looking for the shares to keep running. BAC rose 2.13 percent to $9.60.

Blackstone (BX): An investor bought 28,000 March 16 calls for $0.96 and sold an equal number of March 17 calls for $0.59. The spread cost $0.37 and will earn a maximum profit of 170 percent if the private-equity firm closes at $16 or higher on expiration. BX rose 4.63 percent to $15.15.

Comcast (CMCSA): A block of 8,000 January 2014 25 puts was bought for $1.37 as a trader looks to guard against a pullback in the stock. CMCSA rose 0.28 percent to $35.35.

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