Hartford calls see more room to run

Hartford Financial is rallying off its 2012 lows, and a large option spread appears to be looking for more gains.

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Bears refuse to loosen grip on Avon

Avon Products has been struggling, and the bears are hungry for more downside.

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What’s behind put surge in China ETF

Put buying dominates option trading in the iShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund at its highest level in six weeks, but it could be hedging.

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Starbucks draws call spread at lows

A large call spread tops today’s option activity in Starbucks as it trades near its lowest levels since the beginning of the year.

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What’s behind call selling in Oracle

Oracle is pulling back from resistance again, and one trader is looking for a cap on potential gains.

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Infinity Pharma gets vote of confidence

Infinity Pharmaceuticals has been climbing a wall of worry, but one trader apparently believes that it will keep its grip.

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Pending home sales disappoint economy bulls

June pending home sales declined 1.4% and fell short of estimates which were closer to a 1.0% increase.  The index was still up 9.5% y/y.  The number may cool the outlook for economic growth at the margin, but the trade has been more focused on Europe today.

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How one spread is playing Allscripts

Allscripts Healthcare has dropped to a three-year low, but one trader is apparently looking for a floor beneath the stock.

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Emerging market ETF sees puts surge

Heavy put activity tops today’s action in the iShares Emerging Markets Fund as it trades fractionally higher.

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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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