Apple Tops List of Stocks With High Options Volume

Schaeffer's Investment Research
  MAR 25, 2013 3:23 PM

Surprises on the list include Constellation Brands, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, and Potash Corp.


My firm thought it would be interesting to see the stocks that have been traded the most on the option floor so far this year -- and the results weren't all that surprising. Thanks to Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White, we are able to present the top five traded stocks on the option floor. The one interesting thing is that all five are ranked in the same order for call volume, put volume, and overall volume.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is atop the list, again no surprise. The other four names on the list above are also not shockers to most option traders either (caveat: this is only for individual equities -- many ETFs have higher option volumes). Here's the list:

So we dug deeper (Rocky pulled all optionable equities through the end of Wednesday -- there are a total of 2,703 tickers that trade options, in case you were interested). The goal was to come up with some interesting names being traded more than people may realize. Here's what we came up with:
In case you are interested, there were 24 eligible stock tickers with no option volume so far this year. IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) brought up the rest of the bunch with a total of one put traded apiece.

This article by James Pilcher was originally published on Schaeffer's Investment Research.

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