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The following is a list of high volume gainers with bullish option market sentiment, i.e. a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions.

For each stock, we'll list the Relative Volume indicator, which expresses Thursday's trading volume as a multiple of the 3-month average volume.

Relative Volume data sourced from Finviz, options data sourced from Schaeffer's.



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

1. Northgate Minerals Corp. (NXG): Gold Industry. Market cap of $922.25M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.19, with the stock gaining 4.62% during the session. Call open interest at 3,077 contracts vs. put open interest at 277 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.09). Short float at 2.65%, which implies a short ratio of 2.42 days. The stock has gained 6.73% over the last year.

2. Centene Corp. (NYSE:CNC): Health Care Plans Industry. Market cap of $1.14B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.92, with the stock gaining 1.15% during the session. Call open interest at 5,724 contracts vs. put open interest at 668 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.12). Short float at 7.69%, which implies a short ratio of 9.67 days. The stock has gained 15.97% over the last year.

3. Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $2.37B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.82, with the stock gaining 0.99% during the session. Call open interest at 36,499 contracts vs. put open interest at 6,404 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.18). Short float at 1.65%, which implies a short ratio of 1.29 days. The stock has gained 17.51% over the last year.

4. North American Palladium Ltd. (NYSEMKT:PAL): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $813.92M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.85, with the stock gaining 2.22% during the session. Call open interest at 29,406 contracts vs. put open interest at 5,163 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.18). Short float at 2.81%, which implies a short ratio of 1.64 days. The stock has gained 101.46% over the last year.

5. Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DAR): Cleaning Products Industry. Market cap of $1.03B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.95, with the stock gaining 4.16% during the session. Call open interest at 1,879 contracts vs. put open interest at 331 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.18). Short float at 3.11%, which implies a short ratio of 4.95 days. The stock has gained 78.49% over the last year.

6. Petroleum Development Corporation (PETD): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $713.6M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.94, with the stock gaining 3.37% during the session. Call open interest at 3,366 contracts vs. put open interest at 648 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.19). Short float at 4.29%, which implies a short ratio of 3.87 days. The stock has gained 93.58% over the last year.

7. TransGlobe Energy Corp. (NASDAQ:TGA): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $1.04B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.11, with the stock gaining 2.24% during the session. Call open interest at 3,920 contracts vs. put open interest at 837 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.21). Short float at 0.22%, which implies a short ratio of 0.53 days. The stock has gained 336.52% over the last year.

8. Rosetta Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSE): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $1.72B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.6, with the stock gaining 1.97% during the session. Call open interest at 5,070 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,140 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.22). Short float at 6.07%, which implies a short ratio of 5.12 days. The stock has gained 132.41% over the last year.

9. Elan Corp. plc (NYSE:ELN): Drug Delivery Industry. Market cap of $3.42B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.63, with the stock gaining 1.21% during the session. Call open interest at 107,740 contracts vs. put open interest at 24,970 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 1.55%, which implies a short ratio of 2.97 days. The stock has lost -8.16% over the last year.

10. Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE:KOG): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $648.07M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.71, with the stock gaining 1.4% during the session. Call open interest at 5,674 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,318 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 7.7%, which implies a short ratio of 3.97 days. The stock has gained 67.69% over the last year.

11. Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $3.2B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.22, with the stock gaining 1.03% during the session. Call open interest at 18,029 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,847 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.27). Short float at 1.29%, which implies a short ratio of 1.8 days. The stock has gained 66.3% over the last year.

12. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD): REIT. Market cap of $1.01B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.05, with the stock gaining 0.52% during the session. Call open interest at 674 contracts vs. put open interest at 202 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.3). Short float at 4.02%, which implies a short ratio of 6.03 days. The stock has gained 13.3% over the last year.

13. Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT): REIT. Market cap of $1.03B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.87, with the stock gaining 3.14% during the session. Call open interest at 1,695 contracts vs. put open interest at 511 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.3). Short float at 2.63%, which implies a short ratio of 2.46 days. The stock has gained 149.6% over the last year.

14. Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL): Silver Industry. Market cap of $2.29B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.74, with the stock gaining 1.83% during the session. Call open interest at 317,270 contracts vs. put open interest at 95,869 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.3). Short float at 17.04%, which implies a short ratio of 4.59 days. The stock has gained 61.59% over the last year.

15. Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $13.81B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.77, with the stock gaining 3.96% during the session. Call open interest at 362,084 contracts vs. put open interest at 113,000 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 1.21%, which implies a short ratio of 1.05 days. The stock has gained 20.03% over the last year.

16. Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $619.73M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.76, with the stock gaining 4.83% during the session. Call open interest at 40,376 contracts vs. put open interest at 13,674 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 14.51%, which implies a short ratio of 11.1 days. The stock has gained 1.5% over the last year.

17. McDermott International Inc. (NYSE:MDR): Heavy Construction Industry. Market cap of $4.18B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 1.55, with the stock gaining 4.11% during the session. Call open interest at 37,928 contracts vs. put open interest at 13,085 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 1.22%, which implies a short ratio of 1.02 days. The stock has gained 48.55% over the last year.

18. DryShips, Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $1.66B. Thursday's Relative Volume at 3.96, with the stock gaining 9.32% during the session. Call open interest at 277,539 contracts vs. put open interest at 98,075 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.35). Short float at 4.83%, which implies a short ratio of 1.17 days. The stock has lost -16.84% over the last year.

19. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $890.5M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 3, with the stock gaining 0.9% during the session. Call open interest at 36,627 contracts vs. put open interest at 13,942 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.38). Short float at 23.2%, which implies a short ratio of 8.88 days. The stock has gained 23.06% over the last year.

20. USEC Inc. (USU): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $674.05M. Thursday's Relative Volume at 2.49, with the stock gaining 4.62% during the session. Call open interest at 38,195 contracts vs. put open interest at 15,755 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.41). Short float at 14.95%, which implies a short ratio of 9.71 days. The stock has gained 41.25% over the last year.

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Source: Thursday's High Volume Gainers With Bullish Options