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Noteworthy Friday Option Activity: CVS, RCL, AMAT

By The Online Investor Staff, Friday, July 1, 3:41 PM ET

Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS), where a total volume of 22,875 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 2.3 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 46.9% of CVS's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 4.9 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $88 strike put option expiring July 08, 2022, with 9,138 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 913,800 underlying shares of CVS. Below is a chart showing CVS's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $88 strike highlighted in orange:

Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE:RCL) options are showing a volume of 33,621 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 3.4 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 46.4% of RCL's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 7.2 million shares. Particularly high volume was seen for the $25 strike put option expiring January 19, 2024, with 2,195 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 219,500 underlying shares of RCL. Below is a chart showing RCL's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $25 strike highlighted in orange:

And Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) options are showing a volume of 36,430 contracts thus far today. That number of contracts represents approximately 3.6 million underlying shares, working out to a sizeable 45.5% of AMAT's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 8.0 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $100 strike call option expiring July 15, 2022, with 7,936 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 793,600 underlying shares of AMAT. Below is a chart showing AMAT's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $100 strike highlighted in orange:

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