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Noteworthy Friday Option Activity: SHLM, CYH, ESPR

Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in A. Schulman, Inc.

Noteworthy Friday Option Activity: CMP, QUAD, SPB

Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Compass Minerals International Inc , where a total volume of 2,273 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 227,300 underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 88.4% of CMP's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 257,065 shares.

Noteworthy Friday Option Activity: MMM, ZOES, IMMR

Among the underlying components of the Russell 3000 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in 3M Co , where a total of 8,626 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 862,600 underlying shares. That amounts to about 52% of MMM's average daily trading volume over the past month of 1.7 million shares.

RPT Dividend Yield Pushes Above 7%

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, in trading on Friday, shares of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust were yielding above the 7% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.88), with the stock changing hands as low as $12.47 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return.

Notable Friday Option Activity: VSAR, EXAS, PRTY

Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Versartis Inc , where a total volume of 13,527 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 1.4 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 207.1% of VSAR's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 653,070 shares.