Among the underlying components of the S&P 500 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), where a total of 17,333 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 1.7 million underlying shares. That amounts to about 55.2% of GS's average daily trading volume over the past month of 3.1 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $175 strike put option expiring December 31, 2015, with 4,921 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 492,100 underlying shares of GS. Below is a chart showing GS's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $175 strike highlighted in orange:
Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) options are showing a volume of 7,716 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 771,600 underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 48.8% of BIIB's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.6 million shares.
Particularly high volume was seen for the $310 strike call option expiring December 31, 2015, with 394 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 39,400 underlying shares of BIIB. Below is a chart showing BIIB's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $310 strike highlighted in orange:
And Aetna Inc. (AET) saw options trading volume of 13,374 contracts, representing approximately 1.3 million underlying shares or approximately 41.9% of AET's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 3.2 million shares.
Especially high volume was seen for the $105 strike put option expiring January 15, 2016, with 2,053 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 205,300 underlying shares of AET. Below is a chart showing AET's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $105 strike highlighted in orange:
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