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10 Hottest Stocks for Options Traders

AAPL dominated the market maker side...but not individual trading


According to the Options Clearing Commission, these were the top equity options (by volume) that traded on Friday (excluding index ETFs and other derivatives like SPY and VIX trades):

Individual Investors

  • 47,947 Nexen (NYSE:NXY) call contacts
  • 45,490 Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) call contracts
  • 35,059 Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) call contracts
  • 31,367 Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) call contracts
  • 20,171 Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) put contracts

Market Makers

  • 38,760 Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) call contracts
  • 16,402 Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) call contracts
  • 14,941 Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) put contracts
  • 11,107 Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) call contracts
  • 8682 Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) call contracts

Did you trade any of these names yesterday? Give us your take in the comments.

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