Among the underlying components of the Russell 3000 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Galena Biopharma Inc (GALE), where a total of 52,779 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 5.3 million underlying shares. That amounts to about 437.5% of GALE's average daily trading volume over the past month of 1.2 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $4.50 strike call option expiring January 20, 2017, with 36,060 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 3.6 million underlying shares of GALE. Below is a chart showing GALE's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $4.50 strike highlighted in orange:

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Bridgepoint Education, Inc. ( BPI) options are showing a volume of 4,974 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 497,400 underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 278% of BPI's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 178,910 shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $9 strike put option expiring August 19, 2016, with 4,252 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 425,200 underlying shares of BPI. Below is a chart showing BPI's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $9 strike highlighted in orange:

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And Globus Medical Inc ( GMED) options are showing a volume of 6,317 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 631,700 underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 99.1% of GMED's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 637,320 shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $22.50 strike put option expiring April 15, 2016, with 2,156 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 215,600 underlying shares of GMED. Below is a chart showing GMED's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $22.50 strike highlighted in orange:

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