3M Unusual Options Activity

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on 3M MMM.

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 MMM, it often means somebody knows something is about to happen.

Today, Benzinga's options scanner spotted 12 options trades for 3M.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 16% bullish and 83%, bearish.

Out of all of the options we uncovered, 11 are puts, for a total amount of $782,711, and there was 1 call, for a total amount of $28,660.

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 $90.0 to $175.0 for 3M over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

Looking at the volume and open interest is a powerful move while trading options. This data can help you track the liquidity and interest for 3M's options for a given strike price. Below, we can observe the evolution of the volume and open interest of calls and puts, respectively, for all of 3M's whale trades within a strike price range from $90.0 to $175.0 in the last 30 days.

3M Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Biggest Options Spotted:

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
MMM PUT TRADE BULLISH 07/21/23 $105.00 $374.6K 784 455
MMM PUT TRADE BEARISH 01/19/24 $130.00 $64.2K 781 58
MMM PUT TRADE BULLISH 01/19/24 $130.00 $50.6K 781 29
MMM PUT TRADE NEUTRAL 08/18/23 $105.00 $47.5K 3.1K 44
MMM PUT TRADE BEARISH 01/19/24 $130.00 $43.9K 781 14

Where Is 3M Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 1,675,990, the price of MMM is down -0.81% at $96.2.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock is currently neutral between overbought and oversold.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 61 days.

What The Experts Say On 3M:

  • RBC Capital has decided to maintain their Underperform rating on 3M, which currently sits at a price target of $95.
  • Morgan Stanley has decided to maintain their Underweight rating on 3M, which currently sits at a price target of $102.
  • RBC Capital downgraded its action to Underperform with a price target of $95

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 3M, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.


Analyst Ratings




Posted In: OptionsMarketsBZI-UOA