Deep Dive Into Today's Trading Activity for BP

Posted on 02/13/2013 by Rich Singler

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Attention grabbing results for BP based on today's trading assessment. A total of 134,976 call and 14,202 put contracts were traded raising a low put/call ratio alert on shares of BP. The traded put/call ratio for BP was 0.11. Overall call volume was running 9.5x the put volume.

Options can be used as predictors of stock behavior. Investors can use put/call ratios as technical indicators to read for signs of institutional sentiment. The put/call ratios offer insight to investors and can be used as either a direct or contrarian indicator for trading decisions. Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

BP is trading at $43.34, up $0.33 (+0.77%) in today's trading session. The daily low is $42.97 and the high is $43.45. The trading volume of 10M is above the average volume of 5M shares. BP is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $36.25 and 52 week high is $48.34. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 6.12% within the last quarter. The stock has a P/E ratio of 11.87 and a dividend yield of 4.60%.

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BP PLC provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services, and petrochemicals products, through its two business segments: Exploration and Production and Refining and Marketing.

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