Too Many Options: $YHOO, $INTC, $AAPL, $WYNN, $GS

by Enis August 26, 2014 6:12 am • Commentary

Options volumes were concentrated in the tech sector, as the Nasdaq Composite is now up more than 9% year-to-date.

1.  YHOO – Looks like more of the Oct 40/43/46 call butterflies traded, after trading around 30k x 60k x 30k on Thursday (see last week’s TMO post).  The butterfly traded around $0.40 yesterday, around 25k x 50k x 25k on the session.  The Alibaba road show is expected to start in early September.

2.  INTC – Trader paid 0.54 for 12k of the April 28 puts to open.  INTC has had a very strong summer and is up 34% year-to-date.  The stock’s breakout level was $29, so the put buyer might be protecting against a potential breakdown in the next 9 months.

3.  AAPL – Options volumes were actually below the 1 month average on Monday, but it was notable because the stock hit a new all-time high and 30 day implied volatility moved higher to near 25 even as 10 day realized volatility hit a 5 month low of only 8.  Outside of the weekly options, the Sept 100 call was the most active line, trading over 17k at an average price of $3.55.

4.  WYNN – WYNN has traded within a few percent of $200 for the past two weeks.  Buyer of 9,754 of the Oct 215 calls for 2.05 to open in the afternoon.  The $220 level has acted as stiff resistance since early April.  WYNN is up 3% year-to-date.

5.  GS – GS touched its highest level since early January, though it remained below its January high of $181.13.  Calls traded nearly 4x more than the average 1 month volume.  The Sept 180 call was the most active line, trading around 10k at an average price of 1.85.