Why one trader is selling puts in USG

Building-materials company USG is pulling off its highs, but put selling sees little to no downside ahead.

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How large player is sticking with MBIA

MBIA has been grinding higher, and one bullish trader is sticking around.

optionMONSTER’s Heat Seeker monitoring system detected the purchase of 5,000 September 12 calls for $0.73 and the sale of an equal number of September 15 calls for $0.22. Additionally, a block of 7,000 August 12 calls was sold at the same time for $0.38.

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Bulls come back for more in Williams

Traders began turning bullish on Williams earlier this month, and the upside activity is accelerating today.

optionMONSTER’s Heat Seeker system shows that 6,000 November 33 calls have traded against open interest of 5,543 contracts in less than 2 minutes this morning. The options appear to have been bought, with premiums starting at $0.17 and rising steadily until a single print of 4,619 traded at the ask price for $1.25 as the stock price rose.

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Call seller sees limited gains Rio Tinto

A trader is positioning for limited gains in Rio Tinto even as it pushes higher this afternoon.

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Rackspace put sellers see end to slide

Traders are betting on a floor beneath shares of Rackspace as the stock tries to break its recent downtrend.

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How bull is managing Thoratec position

Thoratec has been rallying and one investor apparently thinks that the gains will continue.

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Why Japan ETF is seeing big put action

The biggest single print of the day is in the iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund, where one trader is apparently looking for more volatility.

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Puts hit Gannett on eve of earnings report

Gannett is up modestly with the rest of the market today, but one large option trader is taking a downside position ahead of the media company’s earnings report on Monday.

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Giant trade sees a top for CenturyLink

One investor is betting that CenturyLink will stay stuck in a range even as the telecom stock probes its recent highs.

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Bearish spread in corporate bond fund

The HYG corporate-bond fund is not far off its 52-week highs, but a large three-way trade is looking for a pullback.

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Why one trader is selling puts in Visa

Visa is not far the all-time highs it reached last week, and a large trader sees current levels holding.

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Bears see more downside for Smithfield

Smithfield Foods has been dropping, and the bears are looking for more downside.

optionMONSTER’s Depth Charge monitoring program detected the purchase of 2,500 August 19 puts for $0.75. An equal number of August 21 puts were sold for $1.75, but volume was below open interest.

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