Daily Options Trading for Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

Posted on 02/11/2013 by Edward Connelly

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- A record number of Exxon Mobil Corporation call contracts were traded during the busy trading session. There were 0.3 call contracts traded for each put contract yielding a 3.19 put/call ratio where 29,937 put and 9,399 call contracts exchanged hands.

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A significant increase in the trading volume of a stock's option often is a precursor of movement by the underlying stock. In such instances, put/call Ratio can be used as an investor sentiment indicator, where a high ratio implies that the overall investor sentiment is bearish and a low put/call ratio implies that the sentiment is bullish.

As nations become more protective of their natural resources, the company will find it increasingly difficult to increase production and book reserves. Additionaly, Record-high commodity prices helped produce record profits. If commodity prices slip, so will profits. Low natural gas prices are weighing on profitability currently.

On the volume side, 7M shares were traded which is less than the average volume. Exxon Mobil Corporation is trading below the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. Shares of XOM opened today at $88.39 and settled the day down $0.33 to $88.28 during the session. The day's trading range is between $87.97 and $88.51 respectively. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 1.18% within the last month.

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