Dow Jones Industrial Average Drops Triple Digits as Earnings Kickoff Disappoints

The Takeover Target Getting Pummeled by Option Bears

by Kirra Fedyszyn

Published on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:03 PM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is slumping today, shedding triple digits as oil prices retreat from Monday's highs. Currently, November crude futures are off 1.5% at $50.58 per barrel. Also weighing on stocks is a disappointing start to third-quarter earnings season, with aluminum producer Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) plummeting more than 10% after a profit miss. Against this backdrop, energy and commodity stocks are among the top decliners as we head into the second half of the trading day.

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Midday Market Stats October 11

Among the stocks with unusual options volume at midday is genetic analysis specialist Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ:HZNP). The stock has shed 4.7% to $18.60 today on discouraging full-year sales guidance, inspiring a rush of bearish betting in the options pits. At last check, HZNP puts were trading at five times the average intraday rate -- though option volume is still very light on the stock on an absolute basis, with only 1,147 puts and 833 calls exchanged so far.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is among the top performers on the Nasdaq today, profiting off major losses for competitor Samsung. Its competitor's Galaxy Note 7 woes have boosted AAPL stock 1.5% to $117.76 -- fresh off a new 2016 high of $118.69.

AAPL Daily Chart Oct 11

Among the worst performers on the Nasdaq, meanwhile, is Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). The stock is off 25.7% at $137.27 after the company gave a disappointing third-quarter forecast, leading two brokerage firms to lower their outlooks on the shares.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has added 2.1 points, or 15.5%, at 15.45

Today's put/call volume ratio on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is 2.09, with puts more than doubling calls. SPY was last seen down 2 points, or 0.9%, at $214.15.

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