Deep Dive Into Today's Trading Activity for Hartford Financial Services Group

Posted on 02/26/2013 by Ella Gold

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Hartford Financial Services Group options set a new 90-day record for the number of call contracts that exchanged hands between the buyers and the sellers. Aggregate volume of puts was 3,008 and calls was 9,134 equating to a 0.33 put/call ratio.

Put/Call ratio can be regarded as a predictor of investment sentiment, indicating what experienced investors are doing in preparation for a move of an underlying equity. A high put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bearish and that investors are expecting the underlying stock price to decrease. On the other hand, a low put/call ratio implies that the investor sentiment is bullish and that investors are expecting the underlying stock price to increase. Thus, unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

Shares of Hartford Financial Services Group edged up $0.30 (+1.30%) to $23.35. The price of the stock ranged between a low of $22.64 and $23.39 respectively. The trading volume of 8M is above the 90 day average volume of 5M shares. HIG is trading below the 50 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $15.65 and 52 week high is $25.37. Within the last week, the shares have lost -4.75% of their value. The stock has a P/E ratio of 32.06 and a dividend yield of 1.74%.

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