CONSOL Energy - Trade Flow Report

Posted on 11/16/2012 by Jane Lacave

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- CONSOL Energy options contracts experienced interesting put activity in today's trading session. There were 5.2 puts traded for every call contract yielding a 5.22 put/call ratio. Specifically, 24,618 put and 4,718 call contracts were traded.

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The ratio skew implies that investors are hedging their positions in anticipation of a stock move. Today's unusual volume activity confirms that traders are re-balancing their portfolios.

Many power plants have installed or are installing sulfur-scrubbing equipment. This could benefit CONSOL's lower-cost, high-sulfur coal relative to other higher-cost, lower-sulfur coal grades. Additionaly, Coal demand in Asia is outstripping supply. CONSOL is able to sell coal into these markets at a very attractive margin.

The last trading session witnessed a low of $30.42 and high of $31.81 during the day. Shares of CONSOL Energy gained $0.61 (+1.96%) to $31.75. The current trading volume of 4M is greater than average volume of 3M shares. The stock's 52 week low is $26.41 and 52 week high is $43.11. Within the last week, the shares have lost -4.97% of their value.

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