ETFC – E Trade Financial Corporation – The online brokerage and financial services firm popped up on our scanners at the start of the session due to bullish trading in near-term call options. E*Trade’s shares increased as much as 4.8% this morning to secure an intraday high of $15.25 and was rated new ‘market perform’ by an analyst at JMP Securities. Earlier this week, some analysts speculated the online brokerage firm could be purchased for upwards of $6 billion, while others said an acquisition is not likely for at least one year. Bullish players picked up at least 2,700 calls at the October $16 strike for an average premium of $0.27 apiece. Call buyers are poised to profit should ETFC’s shares surge 6.7% to exceed the average breakeven price of $16.27 ahead of October expiration day.
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