Tuesday’s OptionsPlace: Piling Into DryShips Calls

by Michael Goodman | August 30, 2011 12:11 pm

With stocks pushing to three-week highs, options volatility continued its downtrend on Tuesday. The CBOE Market Volatility Index was down 0.8% to 32.01 – its lowest level in nearly two weeks.

The CBOE put/call ratio was recently at 1.02, continuing to hold between its 50-day and 200-day moving average.

Here are some notable options movers:

Molycorp (NYSE:MCP[1]): With the underlying stock up more than 5% on merger speculation, the company’s call-options are getting interest, with 14,300 calls trading vs. 6,900 puts.

DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS[2]): The company reports earnings Tuesday after the close. About 6,000 calls have traded vs. 750 puts. Its Sep 4 calls have traded 1,060 contracts vs. open interest of 22,300, pushing implied volatility up about 8 points to 92%.

Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX[3]): Its Sep 85 puts are popular, with 1,000 contracts trading vs. open interest of 1,030, pushing implied volatility up about 3 points to 58%.

Supervalu (NYSE:SVU[4]): The company’s Sep 8 puts are active, with 2,240 contracts trading vs. open interest of 2,850, pushing implied volatility down about 7 points to 59%.

Endnotes:
  1. MCP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MCP
  2. DRYS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DRYS
  3. EQIX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EQIX
  4. SVU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SVU

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