Interesting Options Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

Posted on 01/31/2013 by Peter Mankowitz

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Exxon Mobil Corporation witnessed a record number of call and put contracts during the busy trading session. There were 0.4 call contracts traded for each put contract yielding a 2.69 put/call ratio where 113,607 put and 42,287 call contracts exchanged hands.

Put/Call ratio is often used to measure investor sentiment, the ratio serves as a predictor of investor behavior. A high put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bearish and that investors expect the underlying stock to decrease in value. In contrast, a low put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bullish and that the underlying stock is expected to increase in value. Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

ExxonMobil Corporation is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products.

Production growth will come from partnerships with NOCs, politically unstable countries, and difficult environments, which means unfavorable production-sharing agreements, increased geopolitical risks, and higher production costs. Additionaly, As nations become more protective of their natural resources, the company will find it increasingly difficult to increase production and book reserves.

Shares of XOM opened today at $90.69 and settled the day down $0.70 to $89.97 during the session. The day's trading range is between $89.74 and $91.21 respectively. To date, the stock has gained 0.89% within the last quarter. On the volume side, 15M shares were traded which is greater than the average volume of 13M shares. Exxon Mobil Corporation is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $77.13 and 52 week high is $93.67. The stock has a P/E ratio of 9.59 and a dividend yield of 2.40%.

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