Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), where a total volume of 18,333 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 1.8 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 44.3% of CAT's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 4.1 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $135 strike put option expiring October 18, 2019, with 3,743 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 374,300 underlying shares of CAT. Below is a chart showing CAT's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $135 strike highlighted in orange:
CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) saw options trading volume of 5,248 contracts, representing approximately 524,800 underlying shares or approximately 43.2% of CME's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.2 million shares.
Especially high volume was seen for the $212.50 strike put option expiring September 27, 2019, with 546 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 54,600 underlying shares of CME. Below is a chart showing CME's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $212.50 strike highlighted in orange:
And Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) saw options trading volume of 4,511 contracts, representing approximately 451,100 underlying shares or approximately 42.9% of REGI's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.1 million shares.
Especially high volume was seen for the $17.50 strike call option expiring October 18, 2019, with 2,113 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 211,300 underlying shares of REGI. Below is a chart showing REGI's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $17.50 strike highlighted in orange:
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