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  • CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

    CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

    Surging put volume in the first hour. 4.10 million contracts have traded across the exchanges, which compares to 2.5 million contracts of call activity. The total put-to-call ratio is therefore at an exteme of 1.6 after finishing Friday at 1.14. Including today, the total PC ratio has been greater than 1.0 in nine of the [...]

    October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

    Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

    Top trades in Apple today are part of a three-way spread. The stock is up 7 cents to $101.86 on a quiet day for Apple as BABA grabs all the headlines. On the options front, an investor bought 20,000 Oct 95 puts on AAPL for 48 cents, bought 20,000 Weekly (10/24) 103 calls for $2.64, [...]

    September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc ($AVNR) $6.71 -0.15%

    Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc ($AVNR) $6.71 -0.15%

    Mixed sentiment in Avanir Pharmaceuticals today. The stock has been in and out of positive territory and is now flat at $6.72 after moving to multi-year highs Thursday. On the options front, an Oct 5 – 6 put spread on AVNR is bought-to-open this afternoon for 37.5 cents, 15000X. Earlier in the day, however, Oct [...]

    September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Equities

Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

Top trades in Apple today are part of a three-way spread. The stock is up 7 cents to $101.86 on a quiet day for Apple as BABA grabs all the headlines. On the options front, an investor bought 20,000 Oct 95 puts on AAPL for 48 cents, bought 20,000 Weekly (10/24) 103 calls for $2.64, [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Coeur Mining Inc (CDE) $6.12 -4.08%

Noteworthy activity in Coeur Mining options. The stock is down 27 cents to $6.11 and falling to 52-week lows amid ongoing weakness in the miners. A 15900-lot of Jan 8 calls on CDE trades for 20 cents when the market was 15 to 20 cents. 18500 traded at that strike against 882 in open interest. [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

Surging put volume in the first hour. 4.10 million contracts have traded across the exchanges, which compares to 2.5 million contracts of call activity. The total put-to-call ratio is therefore at an exteme of 1.6 after finishing Friday at 1.14. Including today, the total PC ratio has been greater than 1.0 in nine of the [...]

October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $12.05 +0.17%

Massive spread in CBOE VIX calls rolls position opened a month ago. Initiator paid 6cents for the Nov 20 – Oct 16 call spread (buying Novembers) 178,000x. Nov 20s open and Oct 16s appear to close a trade from Aug 19 when a trader sold the Oct 16 Jan 20 call spread in similar size [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Coeur Mining Inc (CDE) $6.12 -4.08%

Noteworthy activity in Coeur Mining options. The stock is down 27 cents to $6.11 and falling to 52-week lows amid ongoing weakness in the miners. A 15900-lot of Jan 8 calls on CDE trades for 20 cents when the market was 15 to 20 cents. 18500 traded at that strike against 882 in open interest. [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Miller Energy Resources Inc (MILL) $4.81 -3.02%

Miller Energy expiring Sep 5 puts are swept up for 30 cents, 2244X at 10:11 when the market was 0 to 30 cents. At 10:12, Briefing notes that the stock falls to session lows on a negative article about the company from StreetSweeper. 2,256 now traded at that strike against 1,036 in open interest. The [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

iShares China Large Cap (FXI) $39.97 -0.77%

Opening print in the China Fund. FXI is down 34 cents to $39.94 and a 40000-lot of Weekly (10/3) 37.5 puts on the ETF trades for a dime when the market was 7 to 10 cents. 50,700 traded at that strike against zero open interest. It might be replacing some deep OTM puts in the [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) $114.15 -1.11%

Big print in the small cap ETF. While the Dow and S&P sit near record levels after another week of gains, the iShares Russell ETF (IWM) is down $1.12 to $114.31 and sits 5.5% below its early-July highs. On the options front, a 50000-lot of Oct 111 puts on the ETF is being bought for [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

Top trades in Apple today are part of a three-way spread. The stock is up 7 cents to $101.86 on a quiet day for Apple as BABA grabs all the headlines. On the options front, an investor bought 20,000 Oct 95 puts on AAPL for 48 cents, bought 20,000 Weekly (10/24) 103 calls for $2.64, [...]

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc (DPS) $63.98 +0.98%

Dr. Pepper draws increased options activity. With the stock up 53 cents to $63.90, 6000 Nov 70 calls traded on DPS for 59 cent s per contract and then another 5,800 for 65 cents (then 5755 were canceled). Nevertheless, more than 9000 traded at that strike and the market is 70 to 75 cents.

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Flow Monitor Tips

Please Use Flow Monitor

Today’s color can be found using the Flow Monitor Widget. Please use symbol @stock or @etf, and then 1. We are working on resolving an issue in the Premium Alerts section. Sorry for the inconvenience.

September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Please Get The eBook About Options Order Flow

Premium subscribers, remember, you should have received a copy of the WhatsTrading guide to understanding options order flow when you signed up. If you did not, please let me know and I will email you a copy. Also, there have been some questions this week about using the flow monitor. Please take a few minutes [...]

August 23, 2013 | 5 Comments More

Options Flow Recaps

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:21 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 1,441,025 70.0% 30.0% $99.74 +2.07 FB Facebook Inc 244,957 51.6% 48.4% $76.95 +1.00 BAC Bank of America Corporation 216,791 68.4% 31.6% $16.26 +0.05 YHOO Yahoo Inc 197,059 75.1% 24.9% $39.27 +0.82 BBRY BlackBerry Limited 156,891 78.6% 21.4% $10.305 +0.81 PBR Petroleo Brasileiro ADR [...]

October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 3:01 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C HCBK Hudson City Bancorp Inc 4,510 3 1503.33 5.00 PHH PHH Corporation 10,029 161 62.29 0.52 HIL Hill International Inc 7,496 125 59.97 1.51 LE Lands End Inc 2,720 67 40.60 7.61 MT Arcelor Mittal 15,572 396 39.32 1.09 CLSN Celsion Corp 3,728 227 16.42 0.51 MSI [...]

October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 12:01 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C HIL Hill International Inc 7,339 125 58.71 1.51 CLSN Celsion Corp 3,728 102 36.55 0.51 TCK Teck Resources Ltd 3,618 153 23.65 1.79 INFY Infosys Limited 3,113 196 15.88 2.18 TIF Tiffany and Co 5,652 580 9.74 1.86 XRX Xerox Corp 3,841 457 8.40 0.63 DG Dollar [...]

October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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