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The following is a list of large cap stocks with a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions (i.e. bullish options sentiment). To create this list, we started with the 150 largest listed companies, and narrowed down the list by only focusing on the large-cap stocks with the lowest Put/Call ratios...

Options traders seem to think these corporate giants have some near-term upside. What do you think? Full analysis below. Options data is sourced from Schaeffer's.

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

1. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NYSE:NTT): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $61.0B. Call open interest at 7,235 contracts versus put open interest at 368 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.05). Short float at 0.03%, which implies a short ratio of 1.93 days. The stock has gained 9.87% over the last year.

2. Alcon Inc. (NYSE:ACL): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $49.86B. Call open interest at 160,252 contracts versus put open interest at 54,778 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 2.04%, which implies a short ratio of 1.93 days. The stock has gained 13.73% over the last year.

3. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:MTU): Banking Industry. Market cap of $69.93B. Call open interest at 2,691 contracts versus put open interest at 988 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.37). Short float at 0.03%, which implies a short ratio of 1.54 days. The stock has lost -7.65% over the last year.

4. AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN): Drug Manufacturers Industry. Market cap of $69.83B. Call open interest at 17,990 contracts versus put open interest at 6,989 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.39). Short float at 0.37%, which implies a short ratio of 5.22 days. The stock has gained 13.88% over the last year.

5. British American Tobacco plc (NYSEMKT:BTI): Cigarettes Industry. Market cap of $77.02B. Call open interest at 481 contracts versus put open interest at 199 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.41). Short float at 0.01%, which implies a short ratio of 0.58 days. The stock has gained 23.27% over the last year.

6. Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE:C): Banking Industry. Market cap of $124.92B. Call open interest at 9,944,840 contracts versus put open interest at 4,353,915 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.44). Short float at 1.46%, which implies a short ratio of 0.89 days. The stock has gained 0.23% over the last year.

7. Ecopetrol SA (NYSE:EC): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $93.35B. Call open interest at 393 contracts versus put open interest at 178 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.45). Short float at 0.05%, which implies a short ratio of 3.25 days. The stock has gained 78.66% over the last year.

8. ING Groep NV (NYSE:ING): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $41.26B. Call open interest at 8,733 contracts versus put open interest at 4,510 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.52). Short float at 0.11%, which implies a short ratio of 1.75 days. The stock has lost -24.34% over the last year.

9. Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE:SU): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $53.37B. Call open interest at 190,474 contracts versus put open interest at 105,080 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.55). Short float at 0.55%, which implies a short ratio of 1.49 days. The stock has lost -5.35% over the last year.

10. Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX): Gold Industry. Market cap of $49.35B. Call open interest at 391,286 contracts versus put open interest at 220,710 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.56). Short float at 0.73%, which implies a short ratio of 0.8 days. The stock has gained 14.65% over the last year.

11. ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $46.93B. Call open interest at 11,221 contracts versus put open interest at 6,667 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.59). Short float at 0.09%, which implies a short ratio of 0.99 days. The stock has gained 10.01% over the last year.

12. Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO): Beverages Industry. Market cap of $47.61B. Call open interest at 10,229 contracts versus put open interest at 6,202 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.61). Short float at 0.13%, which implies a short ratio of 1.55 days. The stock has gained 14.47% over the last year.

13. Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS): Foreign Bank. Market cap of $49.04B. Call open interest at 15,966 contracts versus put open interest at 9,711 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.61). Short float at 0.2%, which implies a short ratio of 2.25 days. The stock has lost -21.51% over the last year.

14. EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC): Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $44.32B. Call open interest at 284,010 contracts versus put open interest at 177,728 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.63). Short float at 2.12%, which implies a short ratio of 1.7 days. The stock has gained 23.76% over the last year.

15. Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $52.1B. Call open interest at 334,889 contracts versus put open interest at 212,578 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.63). Short float at 1.99%, which implies a short ratio of 3.32 days. The stock has lost -1.78% over the last year.

16. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC): Auto Manufacturers Industry. Market cap of $68.47B. Call open interest at 1,010 contracts versus put open interest at 645 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.64). Short float at 0.05%, which implies a short ratio of 1.54 days. The stock has gained 19.58% over the last year.

17. Statoil ASA (NYSE:STO): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $66.96B. Call open interest at 4,146 contracts versus put open interest at 2,676 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.65). Short float at 0.31%, which implies a short ratio of 2.02 days. The stock has lost -15.06% over the last year.

18. Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC): Banking Industry. Market cap of $118.0B. Call open interest at 4,906,558 contracts versus put open interest at 3,189,143 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.65). Short float at 0.98%, which implies a short ratio of 0.5 days. The stock has lost -28.26% over the last year.

19. Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $147.4B. Call open interest at 588,827 contracts versus put open interest at 402,231 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.68). Short float at 0.49%, which implies a short ratio of 0.59 days. The stock has lost -33.56% over the last year.

20. BP plc (NYSE:BP): Major Integrated Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $132.2B. Call open interest at 442,584 contracts versus put open interest at 303,832 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.69). Short float at 0.24%, which implies a short ratio of 0.76 days. The stock has lost -26.45% over the last year.

21. Fomento Econ (NYSE:FMX): Beverages Industry. Market cap of $98.88B. Call open interest at 1,173 contracts versus put open interest at 818 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.7). Short float at 0.03%, which implies a short ratio of 0.68 days. The stock has gained 26.04% over the last year.

22. Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $38.61B. Call open interest at 154,487 contracts versus put open interest at 110,265 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.71). Short float at 2.11%, which implies a short ratio of 3.13 days. The stock has lost -22.07% over the last year.

23. The Bank Of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS): Banking Industry. Market cap of $54.84B. Call open interest at 3,940 contracts versus put open interest at 2,821 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.72). Short float at 0.16%, which implies a short ratio of 4.32 days. The stock has gained 17.85% over the last year.

24. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO): Networking & Communication Devices Industry. Market cap of $109.52B. Call open interest at 1,240,254 contracts versus put open interest at 904,107 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.73). Short float at 0.83%, which implies a short ratio of 0.68 days. The stock has lost -18.29% over the last year.

25. Unitedhealth Group, Inc. (NYSE:UNH): Health Care Plans Industry. Market cap of $39.19B. Call open interest at 193,510 contracts versus put open interest at 144,142 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.74). Short float at 3.11%, which implies a short ratio of 4.31 days. The stock has gained 24.49% over the last year.

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Source: Top 25 Large-Cap Stocks With Bullish Options Sentiment