Options Flow Summary and Unusual Activity Alert for Medicines Company (MDCO)
We are seeing range-bound trading today, with a morning rally fading. Broad averages are currently down about Ω% while the CBOE VIX is holding steady at 28.52.
Options volume is relatively light, with equal numbers of puts and calls trading with a slightly bearish directional bias.
Medicines Company (MDCO) 17.89 -0.45%
Unusual volume noted today in drug stock MDCO, with more than 2,800 contracts trading versus typical levels closer to 830 contracts per day.
Buyers of the March 17.5 calls dominate todayís flow, paying more than $2 for 2,500 calls and causing implied volatility to lift several points. ISE Sentiment data confirms this activity be a customer account opening new positions.
The chart shows two spikes last week, starting with a put-call spread on Tuesday and more interestingly on Friday. At that time a customer buyer lifted 1,000 July 22.5 calls on the ISE when the stock was nearly $1 higher than current levels.
Earnings are expected next week. The total open interest is growing in connection with this pickup in volume, suggesting traders may be looking for a significant up move over the next few weeks.
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