It’s time to review several stocks that had unusual options activity over the last week. Although traders can never be sure why these trades take place (and who’s making them), I believe it’s important to be aware of notable options activity as an indicator for directional bias.
Here’s a weekly recap of 10 stocks that had unusual options activity and what, if any, significance these trades may have.
Unusual Options Activity: 10 Stocks With Notable Trades
Red Hat (RHT) – 2,000 July $80 calls were bought for $2.85-$3.10. Earnings are due out on June 18th (shares have moved higher on 3 out of the last 4 reports).
Whole Foods Market (WFM) – 3,500+ June 19 $40 calls were purchased for $0.44-$0.69. Implied volatility rose 6% to 21.41. WFM’s stock is trading back at November levels, down $17 from the Feb highs. On June 11th, Whole Foods announced a new sister chain called “365”, which offer lower priced organic food targeted toward millennials.
LendingClub (LC)- 3,200 Jan 2016 $12 puts were bought for $0.45. Shares have been trading in a downtrend since going public in December.
Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) – 1,100 July $7 calls were purchased for $0.35-$0.55. Call activity was 9x the average daily volume. On May 26th, BTIG Research initiated the stock with a buy rating and a $12 price target.
Voya Financial (VOYA) – A rollout from 3,960 June $45 calls ($2.15 credit) into 5,000 July $48 calls ($0.80 debit). The BOYA June $45 calls were bought for $1.05 on May 11th.
BlackBerry (BBRY) – A rollout from 7,000 June 19 $11 puts ($1.74 credit) into 10,000 July 17 $10 puts ($1.06 debit). There were similar BBRY put rollouts the before too. Blackberry’s earnings are due out on June 23rd.
Rambus (RMBS) – A rollout from 2,800+ June $16 calls ($0.06-$0.07 credit) into 2,800+ July $16 calls ($0.36 debit). RMBS is poised to breakout above the $15.50 resistance level. On June 10th, Citigroup upped their price target to $17.50 from $15.
Duke Energy (DUK) – There was bullish options in DUK on June 12th. There was sizable buying in the July $75 calls (6,900 traded), July $77.50 calls (6,800+ traded) and selling in the July $72.50 puts (5,300+ traded). The stock is down 17%+ since January on rising interest rate concerns (dividend yield is now 4.38%).
Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) – 4,000+ July $32.50 calls were purchased for $0.30-$0.35. Call activity was 4x the average daily volume. Last week, they acquired a Texan pipeline unit for $2.15B from Pioneer Natural Resources. On June 2nd, Oppenheimer reiterated their outperform rating and a $39 price target.
Hilton Worldwide (HLT) – 5,000+ July $30 calls were bought for $0.30-$0.40. Back in April, 23,000+ Jan 2016 $35 calls were purchased and 5,000 Oct $29 calls were purchased on May 21st. I’d look for more hotel deals to be made (they sold the Waldorf Astoria New York for $1.95B this year), possibly a big M&A deal involving Hilton. HLT has been on my radar for a while.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!
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