10 Financial Stocks With Bearish Options Sentiment

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 |  Includes: AFSI, CBU, DLR, EQY, ESS, MAA, MCGC, O, TWGP, UMPQ
by: Kapitall

Below we have compiled a list of financial stocks with a large number of open put option positions relative to call option positions (i.e. bearish options market sentiment).

To compile the list, we started with a universe of over 120 financial stocks and then ranked them according to the Put/Call ratios.

Options traders expect to see these stocks to see losses over coming weeks--what do you think?

Short float data sourced from Finviz, options data sourced from Schaeffer's.


1. Equity One Inc. (NYSE:EQY): REIT Industry. Market cap of $1.6B. Call open interest at 404 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,591 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 8.89). Short float at 14.58%, which implies a short ratio of 11.11 days. The stock has gained 11.29% over the last year.

2. MCG Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:MCGC):
Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $550.8M. Call open interest at 1,438 contracts vs. put open interest at 6,600 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 4.59). Short float at 2.62%, which implies a short ratio of 4.85 days. The stock has gained 90.98% over the last year.

3. Essex Property Trust Inc. (NYSE:ESS):
REIT Industry. Market cap of $3.45B. Call open interest at 758 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,468 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 3.26). Short float at 9.06%, which implies a short ratio of 11.21 days. The stock has gained 37.1% over the last year.

4. AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFSI): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $1.04B. Call open interest at 371 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,079 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.91). Short float at 7.12%, which implies a short ratio of 12.64 days. The stock has gained 52.26% over the last year.

5. Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:MAA):
REIT Industry. Market cap of $2.13B. Call open interest at 1,657 contracts vs. put open interest at 3,996 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.41). Short float at 5.54%, which implies a short ratio of 7.31 days. The stock has gained 37.98% over the last year.

6. Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR): REIT Industry. Market cap of $4.37B. Call open interest at 3,948 contracts vs. put open interest at 8,885 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 2.25). Short float at 20.64%, which implies a short ratio of 11.8 days. The stock has gained 2.98% over the last year.

7. Realty Income Corp. (NYSE:O):
REIT Industry. Market cap of $3.75B. Call open interest at 4,263 contracts vs. put open interest at 8,256 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.94). Short float at 10.3%, which implies a short ratio of 11.59 days. The stock has gained 33.27% over the last year.

8. Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:UMPQ):
Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $1.36B. Call open interest at 482 contracts vs. put open interest at 887 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.84). Short float at 6.33%, which implies a short ratio of 11.13 days. The stock has lost -0.34% over the last year.

9. Tower Group Inc. (NASDAQ:TWGP): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $1.08B. Call open interest at 137 contracts vs. put open interest at 242 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.77). Short float at 12.17%, which implies a short ratio of 16.5 days. The stock has gained 13.53% over the last year.

10. Community Bank System Inc. (NYSE:CBU): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $891.94M. Call open interest at 403 contracts vs. put open interest at 690 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 1.71). Short float at 13.52%, which implies a short ratio of 26.82 days. The stock has gained 48.98% over the last year.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.