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The following is a list of stocks that saw insider buying over the last week. All of these stocks have bullish options activity, i.e. a large call option open interest relative to put option open interest.

Insider trading activity sourced from the SEC, options data sourced from Schaeffer's.



The list has been sorted by the Put/Call ratio.

1. Merge Healthcare Incorporated. (MRGE): Healthcare Information Services Industry. Market cap of $215M. Merrick RIS, LLC (10% Owner) bought $103,600 worth of stock on September 1, and $88,384 worth of stock on September 2. Call open interest at 783 contracts vs. put open interest at 65 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.083).

2. Brinks Co. (BCO): Security & Protection Services Industry. Market cap of $978M. Michael T Dan (Chairman, President and CEO) bought $197,200 worth of stock on September 1. Call open interest at 4,215 contracts vs. put open interest at 509 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.121).

3. PharMerica Corporation (PMC): Drug Stores Industry. Market cap of $269M. Robert A McKay (SVP of Trade Relations) bought $60,473 worth of stock on September 2, and Thomas P MacMahon (Director) bought $95,388 worth of stock on September 1. Call open interest at 2,571 contracts vs. put open interest at 339 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.132).

4. American Capital, Ltd. (ACAS): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $1,905B. Malon Wilkus (Chairman and CEO) bought $10,001 worth of stock on September 2. Call open interest at 156,550 contracts vs. put open interest at 21,716 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.139).

5. Duke Realty Corp. (DRE): REIT. Market cap of $3,024B. Jack Shaw (Director) bought $1,076 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 2,622 contracts vs. put open interest at 376 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.143).

6. Tesco Corporation (TESO): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $427M. Robert Kayl (Senior V.P. & CFO) bought $49,037 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 64 contracts vs. put open interest at 10 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.156).

7. SCANA Corp. (SCG): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $5,136B. William B Timmerman (Chairman, President & CEO) bought $1,136,513 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 1,220 contracts vs. put open interest at 200 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.164).

8. SunOpta Inc. (STKL): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $382M. Frank Syer (VP) bought $4,924 worth of stock on September 2. Call open interest at 569 contracts vs. put open interest at 101 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.178).

9. Atmel Corporation (ATML): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $2,931B. Charles Carinalli (Director) bought $52,560 worth of stock on August 30 and $64,570 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 15,279 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,852 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.252).

10. La-Z-Boy Inc. (LZB): Home Furnishings & Fixtures Industry. Market cap of $405M. Edwin Holman (Director) bought $20,568 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 2,419 contracts vs. put open interest at 753 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.311).

11. Banner Corporation (BANR): Savings & Loans Industry. Market cap of $249M. David A Klaue (Director) bought $19,900 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 1,950 contracts vs. put open interest at 616 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.316).

12. Stone Energy Corp. (SGY): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $603M. Richard Lee Smith (VP-Exploration & Business Dev) bought $2,855 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 8,105 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,579 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.318).

13. Triumph Group, Inc. (TGI): Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $1,744B. Joseph Silvestri (Director) bought $132,792 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 889 contracts vs. put open interest at 360 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.405).

14. Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL): Meat Products Industry. Market cap of $5,904B. Donald H Kremin (Vice President) bought $58,226 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 1,117 contracts vs. put open interest at 510 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.457).

15. Alliance Healthcare Services, Inc. (AIQ): Medical Laboratories & Research Industry. Market cap of $236M. Curtis Lane (Director), MTS Health Investors II, LP (10% Owner) and OCM Principal Opportunities Fund (10% Owner) each bought $83,730 worth of stock over the last week. Call open interest at 185 contracts vs. put open interest at 99 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.535).

16. CME Group Inc. (CME): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $17,821B. Phuphinder Gill (President) bought $523,612 worth of stock on September 2. Call open interest at 20,038 contracts vs. put open interest at 11,329 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.565).

17. Granite Construction Incorporated (GVA): Heavy Construction Industry. Market cap of $927M. William Howard Powell (Director) bought $116,970 worth of stock on September 3, and Claes Bjork (Director) bought $22,050 worth of stock on August 30. Call open interest at 1,768 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,007 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.57).

18. Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $733M. Eugene S Stark (Director) bought $9,230 worth of stock on September 1, and Brian H Oswald (CFO, CCO, Treasurer, Secretary) bought $54,344 worth of stock on September 1. Call open interest at 2,162 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,279 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.592).

19. TTM Technologies Inc. (TTMI): Printed Circuit Boards Industry. Market cap of $713M. Steven W Richards (CFO, EVP, and Secretary) bought $20,894 worth of stock on August 31. Call open interest at 48 contracts vs. put open interest at 30 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.625).

20. East West Bancorp, Inc. (EWBC): Regional Bank. Market cap of $2,397B. Julia Gouw (President) bought $146,958 worth of stock on September 1. Call open interest at 2,424 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,524 contracts (Put/Call ratio of 0.629).

Disclosure: No positions

Source: 20 Stocks Seeing Insider Buying and Bullish Options Activity