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Marathon Petroleum Unusual Options Activity For March 14

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC). And…

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC).

And retail traders should know.

We noticed this today when the big position showed up on publicly available options history that we track here at Benzinga.

Whether this is an institution or just a wealthy individual, we don’t know. But when something this big happens with MPC, it often means somebody knows something is about to happen.

So how do we know what this whale just did?

Today, Benzinga‘s options scanner spotted 11 uncommon options trades for Marathon Petroleum.

This isn’t normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 9% bullish and 90%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 6 are puts, for a total amount of $304,138, and 5 are calls, for a total amount of $255,023.

What’s The Price Target?

Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $105.0 to $140.0 for Marathon Petroleum over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

In terms of liquidity and interest, the mean open interest for Marathon Petroleum options trades today is 963.0 with a total volume of 1,004.00.

In the following chart, we are able to follow the development of volume and open interest of call and put options for Marathon Petroleum’s big money trades within a strike price range of $105.0 to $140.0 over the last 30 days.

Marathon Petroleum Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Options Call Chart

Biggest Options Spotted:

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
MPC PUT SWEEP BEARISH 03/24/23 $122.00 $79.6K 36 50
MPC CALL SWEEP BULLISH 04/21/23 $125.00 $72.8K 4.2K 159
MPC CALL TRADE NEUTRAL 04/21/23 $125.00 $62.9K 4.2K 330
MPC PUT SWEEP BEARISH 01/17/25 $130.00 $53.7K 32 14
MPC PUT TRADE BEARISH 01/19/24 $140.00 $52.4K 881 23

Where Is Marathon Petroleum Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 674,783, the price of MPC is up 3.35% at $127.93.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock is currently neutral between overbought and oversold.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 49 days.

What The Experts Say On Marathon Petroleum:

  • UBS downgraded its action to Buy with a price target of $165
  • Mizuho upgraded its action to Buy with a price target of $160
  • Jefferies upgraded its action to Buy with a price target of $157

Options are a riskier asset compared to just trading the stock, but they have higher profit potential. Serious options traders manage this risk by educating themselves daily, scaling in and out of trades, following more than one indicator, and following the markets closely.

If you want to stay updated on the latest options trades for Marathon Petroleum, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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