Notable Friday Option Activity: HAIN, BCRX, AXL

Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Hain Celestial Group Inc (HAIN), where a total volume of 9,844 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 984,400 underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 81.6% of HAIN's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.2 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $36 strike call option expiring November 18, 2016, with 4,794 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 479,400 underlying shares of HAIN. Below is a chart showing HAIN's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $36 strike highlighted in orange:

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BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( BCRX) options are showing a volume of 3,853 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 385,300 underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 64.4% of BCRX's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 598,280 shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $8 strike call option expiring January 20, 2017, with 3,800 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 380,000 underlying shares of BCRX. Below is a chart showing BCRX's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $8 strike highlighted in orange:

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And American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc ( AXL) saw options trading volume of 7,223 contracts, representing approximately 722,300 underlying shares or approximately 52% of AXL's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.4 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $15 strike call option expiring December 16, 2016, with 5,052 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 505,200 underlying shares of AXL. Below is a chart showing AXL's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $15 strike highlighted in orange:

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