Options Players Hone in on Applied Materials (AMAT)

Posted on 01/18/2013 by Edward Connelly

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- During the last trading session, a new 90-day call record for traded contracts was established. There were 4.6 calls traded for every put contract yielding a 0.22 put/call ratio.

Investors use options to manage risk and to speculate on price changes. Options can provide significant leverage if the stock moves in the right direction but aslo end up worthless if it doesn't.

Shares of Applied Materials closed at $12.65, up $0.25 (+2.02%) in the last trading session. Today's volume of 48M shares is greater than the average volume of 12M shares.The technical momentum Relative Strength Index indicator shows overbought conditions. AMAT is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $9.95 and 52 week high is $13.94.

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Applied Materials Inc. provides Nanomanufacturing TechnologyTM solutions for the global semiconductor, flat panel display, solar and related industries, with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products.

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