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Unusual Options Activity (UOA) occurs when Options are traded in large volumes relative to:(1) the average Options trade size for that particular stock and (2) the current Open Interest.  In other words, U.O.A flags the big trades that are being made by the big players and insiders. It can be a very effective tool to use as part of your overall trading strategy. The IVtrades Unusual Options Activity Scanner highlights these trades and lists them here.  All the information here is solely for educational purposes and should not be taken as investment advice. 

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Unusual Options Activity Detected On : May 22nd, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 4167 GDX JUL 21st 20.00 Calls Bought @ 3.50| $1.45+ million bet on the GDX gold miner ETF here.... looking out to JUL


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : May 15th, 2017 


BEARISH ACTION: 3000 SNAP Aug 18th 20.00 Puts Bought @ 2.30| $690k sweep in SNAP puts here...looking for more weakness


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : May 9th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 38500 SPY Jun 16th 238.00 Calls Bought 3.75 | $14.4+ million sweep here ..saw some smaller sweeps of puts go across at the same time ...hedging it seems 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : May 2nd, 2017 


BEARISH ACTION: 1113 FB SEP 15th 145.00 Puts Bought @ 5.00| $556k+ bet here ...looks like positioning ahead of earnings 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : April 24th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 2000 CAT JUN 97.50 Calls Bought @ 3.00 | CAT reports May 10th 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : April 20th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 1764 MU Jul 22.00 Calls Bought @6.35| $1.12million+ being put to work in this big MU sweep


BULLISH ACTION: 1829 JPM April 28th 86.00 Calls Bought @.57| Small but very aggressive sweep of some JPM weeklys


BULLISH ACTION: 2126 VMC AUG 120.00 Calls Bought @7.46| Big $1.5million+ sweep in VMC here. This is the second time they came for this name so far this month.


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : April 17th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 1500 HOG April 28th 60.00 Calls Bought @ 1.85| very small but aggressive $277.5k hit on HOG


BULLISH ACTION: 4000 UAA April 28th 20.00 Calls Bought @.59| UAA has earnings on April 27th & buyer taking  $236k position


BEARISH ACTION: 4000 CHK May 6.00 Puts Bought @.62| CHK reports earnings on April 27th and here we have some bearish positioning


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : April 12th, 2017 


BEARISH ACTION: 4000 RCII May 10.00 Puts Bought @ .85| $340k being bet on RCII downside


BULLISH ACTION: 4000 ASHR Oct 24.00 Calls Bought @ 2.07| $828k being put to work in this Chinese ETF


BULLISH ACTION: 6300 MRO Oct 18.00 Calls Bought @ 1.35| $850k+ at work in MRO. Lots of chatter around this name


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : April 4th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 17000 DD Jul 80.00 Calls Bought @3.10| $5.2 million+ being put to work in DD 


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000 XOP April 7th 38.00 Calls Bought @ .27| $270k being thrown at XOP calls that expire Friday


BEARISH ACTION: 3,000 ABX Jun 19.00 Puts Bought @ 1.00| small but aggressive $300k sweep of ABX puts here


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : Tuesday March 28th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 10020 KO May 43.00 Calls bought @ .55| $550k being put to work in KO here ...biggest of a few blocks


BULLISH ACTION: 4000 SPLS May 9.00 Calls Bought @ .23| Small but aggressive buying in SPLS here 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : Monday March 27th, 2017 


BULLISH ACTION: 5000 C Jul 62.50 Calls Bought @ 1.33 | aggressive $665k bet on C going out to July. 


BEARISH ACTION: 6000 VALE Sep 9.00 Puts Bought @ 1.31| big put buyer looking or downside in VALE with $786k bet


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : Wednesday March 15th, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ EBAY Mat 35.00 Calls Bought @ .59| $295k being put to work here


BULLISH ACTION: 8400 ITB April 31.00 Puts Bought @ .55| Thats $462k being put to work in this Construction ETF


BULLISH ACTION: 4500 LUV MAR56.00 Calls Bought @.50| Very small $225k trade here but it is the latest in a long series of small buys in LUV Mar contracts. Repeat buying is always a good sign. 


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000 MU MAR 31st 26.00 Calls Bought @ .71| $710k being put to work in MU here as buyers look for more upside going out into the end of March. 


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000 KO May 43.00 Puts Bought @ 1.55| $1.55 million bet on KO downside here as buyer looks for weakness out to May. 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : March 7th, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 14,300 THC AUG 19.00 Calls Bought @3.00| $4.29 million+ trade on THC here. Buyer looking for upside and using AUG calls to play it. Biggest one that crossed the tape today. 


BULLISH ACTION: 5000 KATE APR 25.00 Calls Bought @.90| Small but very aggressive sweep on KATE April calls here...KATE recently made new highs and backed off. Buyer betting that she will run again. 


BEARISH ACTION: 10,700 XON MAR 20.00 Puts Bought @.21 | just $224k+ being put to work here as buyer looks for XON to possibly re-test recent lows. 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : February 28, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 8300 CL AUG 75.00 Calls Bought @ 4.00| $3.3 mil being bet on CL AUG position....been lots of talk of mergers in these big consumer products names


BULLISH ACTION: 40,000 MDLZ Mar 46.00 Calls Bought @ .30 | $1.2 million worth of calls scooped up aggressively in one go...again..lots of  chatter about mergers in this space


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : February 24, 2017


BEARISH ACTION: 4250 NUS JUN 50.00 Puts Bought @ 4.50 | $1.9 million at work here....big bet on NUS downside


BEARISH ACTION: 7300 TGT JAN 60.00 Puts Bought @3.85| $2.8 million+ bet on TGT downside heading into earnings


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : February 21, 2017


BEARISH ACTION: 4800 XOM Mar 80.50 Puts Bought @ .67 | $321k+ being put to work. Small but aggressive sweep there


BULLISH ACTION: 5000 FCX May 16.00 Calls Bought @ .65| $325k small sweep. Looking for repeat buyers here



Unusual Options Activity Detected On : February 14, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 5000 MOS Mar 35.00 Calls Bought @.60 |  $300k  trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 4800 IBB Mar 300.00 Calls Bought @ 2.60|$1.24 million trade size


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : February 7, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 1500 K Jul 75.00 Calls Bought @3.00| $450k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 2200 TEVA Feb 17th 32.50 Calls Bought @ .85 |$187k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 29,000 ETE Mar 20.00 Calls Bought @.43| $1.2 Million+ trade size



Unusual Options Activity Detected On : February 1, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 30,000 WFC Mar 60.00 Calls Bought @ .38| $1.1 Million+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 15,000 DIS Jun 125.00 Calls Bought @ 1.04| $1.5 Million+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000 GG Apr 15.00 Puts Bought @ .72| $720k trade size


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : January 31, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 3000 VOD Jul 26.00 Calls Bought @ .91| $273k+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 16,500 HYG Mar 87.00 Puts Bought @ 1.32| $2.1million+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 4000 AZN Sep 40.00 Calls Bought @1.10| $440k trade size


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : January 23, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ TXT Feb 50.00 Calls Bought @ 1.13| $565k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7000+ CENX Mar 15.00 Calls Bought @ 1.07| $749k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000 V Jan 2018 92.40 Calls Bought @ 3.10| $3.1 million+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 3000 SBUX Feb 57.50 Puts Bought @ 1.17| $351k trade size 



Unusual Options Activity Detected On : January 18, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 6600 ORCL Jan 2018 45.00 Calls Bought @ 1.18| $778K+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 4500+ DIS Jun 115.00 Calls Bought @2.40| $1.08 million+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 11,000+ VALE 10.00 Puts Bought @ .61| $671k trade size 


Unusual Options Activity Detected On : January 17, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 5000 CHTR Jan 310.00 Calls Bought @ 1.49| $745k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 2500+ RIG Mar 15.00 Puts Bought @.95| $237k+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000+ HYG Jun 83.00 Puts Bought @1.12| $1.1 million+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION:7000+ WMB Jan 29th Puts Bought @.66| $462k trade size



Unusual Options Activity Detected On : January 11, 2017


BEARISH ACTION: 2300 SIG Jan 85.00 Puts Bought @3.00| $690k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000+ Feb 45.00 Puts Bought @1.15| $1.12 Million+ trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : January 11, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 3000 FSLR Jun 40.00 Calls Bought @2.50| $750k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 4000 RSX May 21.00 Puts Bought @1.14|$456k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000 RIG Feb 15.00 Puts Bought @.59|$490k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 5500 GILD Jun 67.50 Puts Bought @2.89|$1.5 million+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 9000 ABBV Jun 57.50 Puts Bought @ 2.45|$2.2 million+trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : January 10, 2017


BEARISH ACTION: 5300+ RCII Feb 10.00 Puts Bought @.90| $477k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 2500+ TSN Feb 57.50 Puts Bought @1.20| $300k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 5000+ HSBC Jun 33.00 Puts Bought @ .49| $24k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000+ MET Feb 57.50 Calls Bought @.725| $720k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : January 5, 2017


BEARISH ACTION: 40,000 VIP Mar 4.00 Puts Bought @ .20| $800k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7000+ XOP Feb 45.00 Calls Bought @.71| $497k trade size 


BULLISH ACTION: 2000 DLB Jun 50.00 Calls Bought @2.25| $450k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 14,000 JCP Feb 8.00 Calls Bought @ .70| $980k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : January 4, 2017


BULLISH ACTION: 28,000+ BX Mar 32.00 Calls Bought @ .80| $2.24 million+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 16,000+ DB Jan 19.50 Calls Bought @ .62| $992k trade size


BULLISH ACTION:  2100+ TWLO Feb 30.00 Calls Bought @ 1.62| $340k+ trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : January 3,  2017


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000 SWN Mar 8.00 Puts Bought @ .38| $380k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 4800+ WMT Feb 67.50 Puts Bought @1.44| $691k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 3200+ TEVA Feb 37.50 Puts Bought @ 2.00| $640k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : December 5, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 3500+ COG Jan 22.50 Calls Bought @ 2.15| $752k + trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 2300+ YUM Jan 65.00 Calls Bought @ .70| $161k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 8800+ DOW Mar 57.50 Calls Bought@ 1.95| $1.71 Million+ trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : December 1, 2016


BEARISH ACTION: 5000+CRM Dec 68.50 Puts Bought @ 1.24| $620k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7000+ JCP Jan 10.00 Calls Bought @ .65| $455k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7000+ HD Feb 140.00 Calls Bought @ 1.22| $854k+ trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 30, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 13000+ AMTD Feb 2017 42.00 Calls Bought @ 1.63| $2.11+ Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ P Jan 2017 11.00 Calls Bought @ 1.30| $650k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 5000+ M Dec 9th 100.00 Puts Bought @ .70| $350k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 22, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 8500+ DAL Dec 49.50 Calls Bought @1.25| $1.06+ Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 3900+ LLY Dec 77.50 Calls Bought @ 4.95| $1.93+ Million trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 8000 TRUE Apr 12.50 Calls Sold @1.75| $1.4 Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5000 V Jun 82.50 Calls Bought @ 4.05|$2.02 Million trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 21, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000+ TWTR Dec 19.00 Calls Bought @.92|$920k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 3400+ VOD Jan 27th 2017 Calls Bought @.28| $95k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ DOW Jan 55.00 Calls Bought @.95| $475k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 16, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 10000+ BMY Nov 25th 57.00 Calls Bought @.46|$460k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5500+ JBLU Dec  21.00 Calls Bought @.60| $330k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 16, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ RIO JAN 35.00 Calls Bought @4.20|  $2.1 Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 8700+ BEN April 45.00 Calls Bought @ 1.20| $1.04 Million trade Size 


BEARISH ACTION: 8000+ TRIP JAN 50.00 Puts Bought @ 2.75|$2.2 Million trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 9, 2016


BEARISH ACTION: 4500+ TWTR Dec 16th 2016 Puts Bought @ .28| $126k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5600+ KATE April 2016 18.00 Calls Bought @ 1.28|$716k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 3000+ VRX Nov 18th 2016 16.00 Calls Bought @ .80| $240k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 2500+ KSS Nov 18th 2016 40.00 Puts Bought @.30|$75k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000+ XOM Dec 16th 2016 90.00 Calls Bought @ .49| $490k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 8, 2016


BEARISH ACTION: 5000+ WU Nov 18th 2016 Puts Bought @ .25| $125k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 2000+ UA Nov 25th 2016 31.00 Calls Bought @ 1.00| $200k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 3500 CAR Nov 18th 2016 35.00 Calls Bought @ .90| $315k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5800+ FCX December 12th 2016 Calls Bought @ .65|$377k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 7,  2016


BULLISH ACTION: 9000+ AGN Nov 18th 2016 220.00 Calls Bought @ .60| $540k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 4000+ ERX Nov 18th 2016 31.50 Calls Bought @ 1.20| $480k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ ALLY Jan 2017 18.00 Calls Bought @ .65|$325k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 4, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 6000+ PFE Nov 18th 2016 30.50 Calls Bought @ .35|$210k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 1500+ VAC Nov 18th 2016 Calls Bought @ 1.35| $202.5k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 4500+ ABX Dec 2017 Puts Bought @.70| $315k trade size 


BEARISH ACTION: 6250+ DNKN March 2016 45.00 Puts Bought @2.25|$1.4 Million+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000+ CTSH April 2016 55.00 Calls Bought @ 3.10|$3.1Million trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November 3, 2016


BEARISH ACTION: 7000+ SWN Dec 16th 2016 9.00 Puts Bought @ .63|$441k trade size 


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ BABA Nov 18th 2016 100.00 Calls Bought @2.12| $1.06 Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7000+ MPEL Nov 18th 2016 18.50 Calls Bought @ .25| $175k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 3500+ THC Nov 18th 2016 17.00 Puts Bought @.65| $227.5k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November, 2, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 4,400+ MGM Dec 2nd 2016 28.00 Calls Bought @ .33|$145k+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 10,000+ XRT Nov 18th 2016 40.00 Puts Bought @ .32| $320k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 43,700 EEM Nov 18th 2016 35.00 Puts Bought @ .36|$1.57 Million trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : November, 1, 2016


BULLISH ACTION: 7000+ SBUX Nov 18th 2016 54.00 Calls Bought @ .68| $476k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 4600+ N Dec 16th 2016 110.00 Calls Bought @ 1.40| $644k trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 9000+ MPC Nov 18th 2016 42.00 Puts Bought @ 1.45| $1.305 Million trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 5800+ CYH Jan 2017 4.00 Puts Bought @ .35| $203k trade size 


BEARISH  ACTION: 2800+ WMB Dec 30th 2016 Calls Sold @ .75| $210k trade size


Unusual Options Activity For : October 31, 2016


BEARISH ACTION: 7800+ PBR Nov 18th 2016 12.50 Puts Bought @ 1.08| $842k+ trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7,000+ XOM Jan 2017 90.00 Calls Bought @ .52| $364k trade size


BULLISH ACTION:10,000+ LBTYA Jan 2017 35.00 Calls Bought @ 1.15| $1.15 Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 7,475 JD Dec 16th 2016 29.00 Calls Bought @ .45|$336k+ trade size


BEARISH ACTION: 2500+ SBUX Nov4th 50.50 Puts Bought @ .25| $62.5k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 10,000+ CVX Dec 16th 2016 105.00 Calls Bought @ 2.58|$2.58 Million trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 5000+ COST Nov 4th 2016 150.00 Calls Bought @.48 | $240k trade size


BULLISH ACTION: 2700 CTL Dec 16th 2016 28.00 Calls Bought @ .75|$202.5k trade size

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* I have been trading the system since 2005 but I started sharing the trades under IVtrades in 2009*