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  • Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $26.33 -0.98%

    Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $26.33 -0.98%

    Short-term put buyer in the Market Vectors Russia ETF. Shares are off 22 cents to $26.37 and one player bought 7,500 Jul 25.5 puts on RSX for a dime and bought 7,060 Jul 26 puts for 20 cents. Both legs are opening and the flow seems to be expressing concerns about additional weakness in Russia’s [...]

    July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

    Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

    Blackstone July 34 calls see early interest. The stock is up 28 cents to $33.08 and 2209 recently printed for 22 cents on CBOE when the bid-ask was 20 to 22 cents. 2,549 now traded against 4,923 in open interest. The calls expire in a few days and will capture 7/17 earnings. Sep 34 calls [...]

    July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

    Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

    Hefty spread in Cheniere Energy. The stock is 95 cents to $72.07 and 50000 Jan2016 75 – 85 call spreads on the natural gas company are sold at $3.30. It appears to be closing positions opened on 4/14 when the same spread was being bought to open for $1.85. The stock is up 32.5% since [...]

    July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Equities

3D Systems Corporation (DDD) $56.08 +2.50%

Late print in 3D Systems ahead of earnings. The stock is up $1.29 to $56 and moving higher for a second day on bullish analyst commentary ahead of results tomorrow. A Jan 40- 55 put spread on the printer-maker trades for $6.15, 7000X. The position is opening and seems to be expressing concerns that shares [...]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Ctrip Com International Ltd (CTRP) $64.28 -0.92%

Seeing interest in Ctrip Weekly (8/1) 68 – 72.5 call spread ahead of earnings. Looks like a buyer is paying $1 and $1.05, 2000X total, to open. Results after the bell.

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $14.74 +34.00%

VIX moves up 3.43 points to session highs of 14.43. VIX is at its best levels since May 7 as the S&P 500 sees a second leg lower on Al Jazeera headlines that Israel has started a ground offensive in Gaza. The S&P 500 is down 20.01 points, session lows, and on track for its [...]

July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $11.38 -4.85%

Active trading in the VIX Pit. 389,000 calls and 120,000 puts so far. 72% of the activity is in the August term, as players open positions to replace July options that expired today. 2.85 million calls were out of the money after the settlement print of 11.03 – the lowest since Feb 2007. VIX hit [...]

July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Kinder Morgan Management LLC (KMR) $78.34 -0.13%

Bullish theme continues in the Kinder Morgan companies. While KMI and KMP have seen notable call buying in recent weeks, Kinder Morgan Management Feb 85 calls are drawing interest as well. Players were apparently paying 85 and 90 cents to open positions on 7/17 and a 4,400-lot printed for $1.45 today when the market was [...]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

WisdomTree Investments Inc (WETF) $11.03 +1.38%

Nearly 10,000 Sep 10 puts traded in Wisdom Tree Investments. Looks like repeat activity, as buyers were apparently buying 80, 85 and 90 cents per contract into midday. Open interest is more than 50K and the same puts saw opening activity a week ago when buyers were paying 75 and 80 cents (see 7/23 color). [...]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Financial Select Sector (XLF) $22.81 +0.13%

Impressive pre-FOMC put spread in the Financial ETF. Shares are up 2 cents to $22.80 and the Aug 19 – 21 ps on XLF trades for 2 cents, 204,000X. Looks like an opening buyer ahead of the news. The FOMC concludes its meeting and offers a statement in less than 10 minutes. The previous meeting [...]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) $255.18 +1.30%

Put seller in the biotech ETF. Shares are up $3.22 to $255.13 and a 20500-lot of Aug 225 puts on IBB is sold at 35 cents per contract. It might be a closer. Open interest is sufficient to cover and trade history shows opening buyers paying $1.15 and $1.30 on 7/11 and 7/15.

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Rio Tinto Plc (RIO) $58.25 -1.09%

Repeat call buying in Rio Tinto. Like Monday (see 7/28 color), the focus is on Sep 60s. The top trade is an opening customer buyer of 1500-contracts for $1.05 on ISE. With the stock down 69 cents to $58.20, another 5,830 Sep 60 calls traded in RIO today.

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Intel Corporation (INTC) $34.25 +0.18%

Intel attracts a noteworthy call buyer. The stock is up 7 cents to $34.26 and an 18500-lot of Aug 34s on the chip-maker traded for 59 cents on ISE. It’s an opening buyer (firm, not customer). Total volume at that strike is 19,588 against 30,652 in open interest. Sep 35s are the second most active [...]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Flow Monitor Tips

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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 882,384 60.7% 39.3% $102.5 +0.25 CHL China Mobile Limited 281,728 99.5% 0.5% $62.28 +0.34 TSLA Tesla Motors Inc 231,878 61.4% 38.6% $269.74 +5.88 FB Facebook Inc 220,445 59.9% 40.1% $74.8 +0.94 TWTR Twitter Inc 211,663 68.0% 32.0% $49.75 +0.32 HD Home Depot Inc [...]

August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SYY Sysco Corp 18,447 507 36.38 0.59 WETF WisdomTree Investments Inc 12,410 498 24.92 9.02 SM SM Energy Company 11,394 505 22.56 5.67 NUS Nu Skin Enterprises Inc 7,958 975 8.16 2.32 CBS CBS Corp 5,120 736 6.96 0.33 KSS Kohls Corporation 2,682 543 4.94 1.38 BBD [...]

August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SYY Sysco Corp 16,871 255 66.16 0.59 SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc 2,623 214 12.26 0.29 CBS CBS Corp 5,048 447 11.29 0.33 NUS Nu Skin Enterprises Inc 6,690 720 9.29 2.32 BAX Baxter International Inc 3,467 506 6.85 0.59 PEP PepsiCo Inc 3,864 950 4.07 0.80 [...]

August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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