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Noteworthy Friday Option Activity: MRK, OXY, IBM
Stock Options Channel Staff - Friday, May 26, 2:22 PM

Looking at options trading activity among components of the S&P 500 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Merck & Co Inc (MRK), where a total volume of 39,325 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 3.9 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 40.7% of MRK's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 9.7 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $65 strike call option expiring September 15, 2017, with 16,124 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 1.6 million underlying shares of MRK. Below is a chart showing MRK's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $65 strike highlighted in orange:

Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY) options are showing a volume of 20,388 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 2.0 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 40.6% of OXY's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 5.0 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $62 strike call option expiring June 02, 2017, with 5,329 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 532,900 underlying shares of OXY. Below is a chart showing OXY's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $62 strike highlighted in orange:

And International Business Machines Corp (IBM) options are showing a volume of 19,826 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 2.0 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 40.5% of IBM's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 4.9 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $190 strike call option expiring July 21, 2017, with 4,303 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 430,300 underlying shares of IBM. Below is a chart showing IBM's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $190 strike highlighted in orange:

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