Among the underlying components of the Russell 3000 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc (NYSE:SWM), where a total of 2,023 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 202,300 underlying shares. That amounts to about 118.5% of SWM's average daily trading volume over the past month of 170,670 shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $35 strike put option expiring December 21, 2018, with 2,000 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 200,000 underlying shares of SWM. Below is a chart showing SWM's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $35 strike highlighted in orange:
Ashland Global Holdings Inc (NYSE:ASH) saw options trading volume of 6,614 contracts, representing approximately 661,400 underlying shares or approximately 115% of ASH's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 575,000 shares.
Especially high volume was seen for the $80 strike call option expiring July 20, 2018, with 3,171 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 317,100 underlying shares of ASH. Below is a chart showing ASH's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $80 strike highlighted in orange:
And Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) options are showing a volume of 228,985 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 22.9 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 110% of AAPL's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 20.8 million shares.
Especially high volume was seen for the $192.50 strike call option expiring June 15, 2018, with 24,013 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 2.4 million underlying shares of AAPL. Below is a chart showing AAPL's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $192.50 strike highlighted in orange:
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