ING US Inc (VOYA) Call Buyers Look for Shares to Extend Post-IPO Rally

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ING US Inc (NYSE:VOYA) – Shares in ING US Inc (NYSE:VOYA)’s U.S. retirement, investment and insurance business are up as much as 8.0% today to $26.98, the highest level since the company’s May 2nd IPO. ING US Inc (NYSE:VOYA) was rated new ‘buy’ at BTIG LLC with a 12-month target share price of $31.00 today. The stock has rallied nearly 40% over the IPO price of $19.50, and some options traders are positioning for the price of the underlying to extend gains during the second half of the year. November expiry options are the most active contracts by volume on ING US Inc (NYSE:VOYA) today, with notable fresh interest in the Nov $25 and $30 calls. Traders appear to have purchased around 200 lots at each striking price for average premiums of $2.71 and $1.14 each, respectively. Call buyers stand ready to profit at November expiration should shares in ING US Inc (NYSE:VOYA) rally another 2.7% and 15% to surpass average breakeven prices of $27.71 and $31.14, respectively. Meanwhile, traders snapping up Nov $20 and $25 strike puts are positioned to make money in the event of a pullback in the price of the underlying through November expiration. The company is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings ahead of the open on Thursday. Overall options volume on ING US Inc (NYSE:VOYA) is sizable, with more than 1,500 contracts in play as of 12:15 p.m. ET versus overall open interest on the stock of 190 contracts.

Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)

Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) – A large trade in Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) options in the early going on Monday looks for the price of the underlying to remain in the single-digits through January of 2014. Shares in Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) are down 0.45% on the day at $6.94 as of 12:20 p.m. ET. The stock has increased roughly 30% since the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and a narrower-than-expected first-quarter loss on May 8th. It looks like one strategist betting shares in Groupon will trade below $10.00 through the start of 2014 sold around 50,000 calls at the Jan 2014 $10 strike for a premium of $0.55 each. The call seller keeps the full amount of premium received on the transaction as long as shares settle below $10.00 at expiration in January. Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)’s shares last traded above $10.00 back in July of 2012.

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