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  • Target Corp ($TGT) $66.25 +0.81%

    Target Corp ($TGT) $66.25 +0.81%

    Relative strength and increased call activity in Target. The stock is up 60 cents to $66.32 and Nov 67 calls on the retailer have traded 2,444 contracts vs. 129 in open interest. Another 1,335 Weekly (11/14) 67 calls traded vs. 0 open interest. The company reports earnings on 11/19 and saw a two-day spike Friday-Monday [...]

    November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Hertz Global Holdings Inc ($HTZ) $22.42 +1.86%

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc ($HTZ) $22.42 +1.86%

    Higher put volume in Hertz. The stock is up 34 cents to $22.35 after the company announced yesterday that it would delay its earnings release (which was expected yesterday). The stock has seen little reaction to the news and, in the options market, one player bought the Nov – Dec 21 put spread on the [...]

    November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Walmart Stores Inc (WMT) $79.91 +1.45%

    Walmart Stores Inc (WMT) $79.91 +1.45%

    Second day of active shopping for Walmart call options. The stock is up $1.13 to $79.90 and the best gainer in the Dow today ahead of earnings, due Thursday morning. 53,000 calls traded on the retailer Friday on unconfirmed chatter activists are pushing Walmart to spin off Sams Club (see 11/7 color). In the options [...]

    November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Equities

MannKind Corporation (MNKD) $6.10 -0.81%

Mannkind Nov – May 12 put spread for 70 cents, 10000X on ISE. With the stock off a nickel to $6.10, the customer is rolling out a block of puts to May. The deep ITM November 12s appear to be closing positions opened in Jun, July and August. The stock hit a 52-week high on [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Intel Corporation (INTC) $35.57 -1.06%

Intel calls remain actively traded after the stock rallied 4.7% on guidance yesterday. Shares are giving back 40 cents to $35.55 today. Total options volume on the chipmaker is 147,000 calls and 41,000 puts. The flow is not as bullish as one might think, however, as one player sold-to-open an 11000-lot of Feb 40 calls [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

S&P 500 Index (.SPX) $2040.27 +0.02%

Huge combo in the S&P 500 pit. With the the index up 1.18 to 2041 and, at this rate, on track for its fifth consecutive session of moving less than 2 points for the day, the Feb 1860-2150 bearish risk-reversal on SPX is bought for $9.40, to open (hearing a possible account swap or maybe [...]

November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $15.78 +7.13%

VIX spikes to session highs. The index is up 1.19 to 15.92 amid chatter about Russian troops moving towards the border with Ukraine (unconfirmed).

November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Walter Energy Inc (WLT) $3.25 +4.84%

Walter Energy Nov 3 – Dec 3.4 call spread for 4 cents, 41000X. This is the same strategy that has been detailed numerous times in recent weeks. See 11/20 color.

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

MBIA Inc (MBI) $10.37 +2.27%

Puts outpace calls in MBIA by 100-to-1. 27,000 puts and 270 calls traded on the credit insurance company, being led by a ratio spread. The investor is apparently selling 7,500 Jan2016 10 puts on MBI at $1.70 to buy 15,000 Jan20165 puts for 30 cents. The 1X2, at $1.30, might roll some positions in Jan2016 [...]

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $42.25 +2.72%

Opening activity in the iShares Emerging Markets ETF Weekly (12/5) 41 puts. With shares up $1.07 to $42.20, a 46500-lot trades for 15 cents when the bid-ask was 12 to 15 cents. Looks like a buyer and tied to 930K shares for 42.15.

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $206.21 +0.31%

SPY Nov 207, Jan 220, and Dec 207 calls are today’s most active options. Volume in the expiring Nov 207 calls is approaching 100K and the options have traded at VWAP of 42.8 cents today. Some of the flow probably covers positions opened two days ago, which included buyers for 13 and 14 cents (see [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Intel Corporation (INTC) $35.57 -1.06%

Intel calls remain actively traded after the stock rallied 4.7% on guidance yesterday. Shares are giving back 40 cents to $35.55 today. Total options volume on the chipmaker is 147,000 calls and 41,000 puts. The flow is not as bullish as one might think, however, as one player sold-to-open an 11000-lot of Feb 40 calls [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Sirius XM Holdings Inc (SIRI) $3.54 -0.14%

Sirius call buyer. The stock is flat at $3.55 and a 21000-lot of Jan2016 4 calls on the satellite radio company is bought for 25 cents, 21000X. It might add to positions opened in February when the Jan2016 4 – 5 call spread on SIRI was bought for 25 cents, 25000X. 22,250 traded at that [...]

November 21, 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 | 6 Comments More

Options Flow Recaps

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C JD JD com Inc 40,183 1,326 30.30 2.72 RAI Reynolds American Inc 6,206 231 26.87 0.35 DGX Quest Diagnostics Inc 2,695 144 18.72 0.49 ANET Arista Networks 3,653 197 18.54 1.27 HLT Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc 4,213 313 13.46 0.57 CX Cemex SaB De Cv 6,025 484 [...]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C RESI Altisource Residential Corporation 3,041 16 190.06 2.46 RAI Reynolds American Inc 6,166 154 40.04 0.35 JD JD com Inc 39,661 1,005 39.46 2.72 DGX Quest Diagnostics Inc 2,681 105 25.53 0.49 CX Cemex SaB De Cv 4,970 291 17.08 1.99 HOG Harley Davidson Inc 3,726 239 [...]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Option Volume Leaders as of 11:01 AM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 254,134 64.2% 35.8% $113.17 +1.39 FB Facebook Inc 162,654 77.2% 22.8% $81.65 +1.77 GILD Gilead Sciences Inc 120,134 64.8% 35.2% $94.54 -13.91 XOM Exxon Mobil Corp 67,351 75.7% 24.3% $92.84 -0.80 BAC Bank of America Corporation 65,325 75.5% 24.5% $17.62 +0.00 YHOO Yahoo [...]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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