Too Many Options: Quiet on Payrolls

by Enis December 7, 2012 3:37 pm • Commentary

Stock and options volumes were quiet for the second straight, despite the fact that we had the payrolls release today.

  1. AAPL – Call to put ratio down to 1.15 today, indicating more bearish sentiment from options traders than most of the last 2 weeks.  Weekly 540 calls was the most traded line, followed by weekly 530 and 540 puts.
  2. SD – The Dec 10 straddle traded about 30k, a bizarre, deep in-the-money strike trade.  The June 7 / 9 call spread traded around 0.63, 24k times this morning.  Calls dominated trading across the term structure
  3. PSX – Someone bought 12,500 of the May 65 / 75 call spread for $0.825, playing for a continuation of this strong winner.
  4. DELL – Customer bought 5k x 10k of the Feb 13 / 14 1×2 call spread for no premium.  Stock up 20% from its lows less than a month ago.
  5. PCS – Someone bought 10k of the Jan13 9 puts for 0.15 this morning.  Stock has traded between 10 and 11 for the greater part of the past month and a half.