Options activity on Friday was wildly bullish in Southwestern Energy, which was the subject of takeover talk last week. More than 26,000 calls changed hands versus less than 2,800 puts. Chevron is seen as a suitor.
Since LinkedIn's spectacular initial public offering last Friday, concerns have been raised about potential short-sellers waiting in the wings. Today (Thursday, 5/26) may provide a good gauge of any significant bearish sentiment when options become available on the social-media company.
Back before Cablevision spun off Madison Square Garden, we did not have a pure options trade on where LeBron James will end up. But today we do have such a play now that MSG is publicly traded, and investors and sports fans are betting that King James will come to the world's biggest stage in New York City.