Downside position in BHP Billiton
Mike Yamamoto | firstname.lastname@example.org
optionMONSTER's Depth Charge tracking system shows that 4,485 December 67.50 puts were bought in one print for $1.17 this morning. This is clearly a new position, as open interest in the name was just 138 contracts before the trade appeared.
These puts could have been purchased as a hedge on a long position or as an outright bearish play. Either way, they will expire worthless if the stock stays above $67.50 through mid-December. (See our Education section)
BHP is down 0.92 percent to $69.62 near midday trading. The Australian mining company gapped above $72 after releasing quarterly numbers last month but has since given up those gains.
Total option volume in the name exceeds 9,100 contracts so far today, already more than triple its daily average for the last month. Overall puts outnumber calls by 6.5 to 1.