Here is some generally directional, untied options activity that caught my eye during Wednesday’s trading:
1. BAC – The largest single stock options trade of the day was in BAC,. When the stock was 17.
2. EEM – the single largest etf options trades today came in the emerging market etf, first where a trader paid 27 cents for 100,000 July 41.50 calls to open and sold 280,000 shares at $40.95 just before noon. This could have been a stock replacement strategy where the call buyer has now defined their risk to the 27 cents over the next 3 weeks, with a break-even at $41.77, up about 2%. Later in the day shortly after 3pm there was another 100,000 of the July 41.50 calls bought for 26 cents when the stock was $40.82, this time not tied to stock.
Taking a quick look at the one year chart it is important to note that $40 is near term support, with the double bottom low from Q1 the line in the sand on the downside, with obvious resistance at $44:
3. EBAY – a trader closed out of a prior bullish bet,
4. FB – the stock continued its epic breakout today, with the stock up nearly 8% this week alone, trading at new all time highs. Shortly after the open when the stock was $88.60, there was a buyer of 13,500 July 31st weekly 88.50 calls paying $3.25 to open, or about $4.39 million premium. These calls break-even at $91.75, up about 3.5%, and I suspect the call buyer is targeting further gains into and out of FB’s Q2 earnings expected the last week of July.