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Midday Unusual Options Activity Update: BBY, UTHR, HL, ADBE, TRGT, RENN



Implied Volatility Mover And Volume Signals For Midday 12/12/2011

Implied Volatility Mover
Pre-earnings action is lifting the implied volatility of Best Buy (BBY) options today. Shares of the electronics retailer are off 43 cents to $27.68. Meanwhile, options volume on the stock is running 2.5X the daily average. 17,000 calls and 8,800 puts traded in BBY so far. Players are focused on December 28, 29 and 30 calls ahead of the results and implied volatility moved up 12 percent to 56.5. The company is due to release its profit report Tuesday morning.

Volume Signals
United Therapeutics (UTHR) options volume is running 91X the (22-day) average, with 40,000 contracts traded and call activity accounting for 57 percent of the volume.

Hecla Mining (HL) options volume is 2.5X the average daily, with 38,000 contracts traded and call volume representing 92 percent of the activity.

Adobe (ADBE) options volume is running 3.5X the average daily, with 27,000 contracts traded and call volume representing 50 percent of the total volume.

Increasing options activity is also being seen in Best Buy (BBY), Targacept (TRGT), and RenRen (RENN).

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