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  • Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK) $52.89 +0.69%

    Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK) $52.89 +0.69%

    Vanguard Europe ETF attracts a big call buyer ahead tomorrow’s ECB rate announcement. A 16,660-lot of Feb 54 calls on VGK trades for 60 cents on ISE. A customer bought-to-open, 19K total, according to ISEE data. iShares Germany and iShares Italy ETFs are seeing call buying today as well (see EWG and EWI color). [This [...]

    January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
  • J C Penney Company Inc ($JCP) $6.40 -0.62%

    J C Penney Company Inc ($JCP) $6.40 -0.62%

    Calls on JC Penney are seeing interest for a second day. Players were opening in the Weekly (1/9), Jan, and Weekly (1/30) 6.5-strike calls yesterday (see 1/5 color). The stock is down a nickel to $6.4 today and Weekly (1/9) 6.5 calls are the most actives in the options on the retailer. 16,100 contracts traded, [...]

    January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
  • 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

Equities

Facebook Inc (FB) $79.17 -1.22%

Large block of calls on Facebook appears to be a closing seller. The stock is off $1.12 to $79.02 and falling back to the lower end of the two-week range. A 21K lot of Jun 85 calls on the social media company is sold at 14c per contract. It probably covers a position opened on [...]

May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Cigna Corporation (CI) $141.27 +3.97%

Three-way spread in Cigna. The stock is up 3.4% to $140.54 after spiking to $145.33 amid strength in the sector after Dow Jones reports that Humana (HUM) might be an acquisition target. An investor is apparently selling Jul 130 puts on Cigna to buy Jul 150 – 160 call spreads, paying even money for the [...]

May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $11.98 -1.07%

Active trading in VIX calls as the index dips below 12 for the first time in 2015. The volatility index is down .14 to 11.97 and its lowest levels since 12/5/2014 ahead of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. The top trade on the index is a 90K lot of Jun 18 calls at 45c when [...]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $12.25 -4.89%

Low volume and falling volatility in the options market Thursday. Projected options volume for the day is 12.5M contracts and well below the one-month daily average of 15.5M. Friday might see light turnover ahead of the three-day weekend as well and CBOE Volatility Index is off .63 to 12.25. The volatility index is on track [...]

May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Heron Therapeautics Inc (HRTX) $17.36 +40.57%

Higher call volume in Heron Therapeutics led by spread trading. The stock is up 40.8% to $17.39 after the company announced positive drug trial results. The Jun 15 – Sep 17.5 call spread on the biotech trades for 35c, 4740X. It appears to be rolling a block of Jun 15 calls at $2.22 today that [...]

May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ITT Educational Services Inc (ESI) $2.73 +13.28%

Call buyer pays up for near term ITT Education calls. Initiator paid 45c for 2300 June 3 calls shortly after the open as shares traded near $2.60, putting breakeven nearly 30% above current spot level. Opens and suggests a view that shares maybe set to recover some of the value lost this year as fraud [...]

May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return (OIL) $11.79 +0.17%

3X daily options volume in iPath S&P Crude Oil Total Return Fund. The ETF is flat at $11.77 and Dec 10 puts are seeing the bulk of the flow, led by a sweep of 3,010 contracts for 60c across multiple exchanges when the market was 55 to 60c and another 2,537 for 60c as well. [...]

May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Semiconductor (SMH) $59.35 -0.20%

Market Vectors Semiconductor Fund sees bearish flow. Shares are off a nickel to $59.42 and 11,520 Aug 57 puts on the exchange-traded fund print for $1.30 per contract when the bid-ask was 1.15 to 1.30. 7,680 more traded at the same time for 1.25. Total volume at that strike is 19.2K against 1,297 in open [...]

May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Facebook Inc (FB) $79.17 -1.22%

Large block of calls on Facebook appears to be a closing seller. The stock is off $1.12 to $79.02 and falling back to the lower end of the two-week range. A 21K lot of Jun 85 calls on the social media company is sold at 14c per contract. It probably covers a position opened on [...]

May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Cigna Corporation (CI) $141.27 +3.97%

Three-way spread in Cigna. The stock is up 3.4% to $140.54 after spiking to $145.33 amid strength in the sector after Dow Jones reports that Humana (HUM) might be an acquisition target. An investor is apparently selling Jul 130 puts on Cigna to buy Jul 150 – 160 call spreads, paying even money for the [...]

May 29, 2015 | 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 | 6 Comments More

Options Flow Recaps

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:20 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 679,846 59.7% 40.3% $125.43 +0.90 AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc 414,708 3.5% 96.5% $2.41 +0.07 TWTR Twitter Inc 241,674 80.0% 20.0% $36.22 +2.01 BAC Bank of America Corporation 214,789 55.4% 44.6% $17.02 +0.13 DIS Walt Disney Co 167,172 90.4% 9.6% $114.14 +1.09 FB [...]

June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 3:00 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C NSR Neustar Inc 4,201 55 76.38 1.42 IDTI Integrated Device Technology Inc 9,302 278 33.46 1.69 WETF WisdomTree Investments Inc 19,398 637 30.45 7.80 DRI Darden Restaurants Inc 11,195 372 30.09 0.41 AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc 394,605 13,219 29.85 0.51 DUK Duke Energy Corp New 8,012 [...]

June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 12:00 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SEAS SeaWorld Entertainment Inc 10,848 48 226.00 3.18 NSR Neustar Inc 4,010 26 154.23 1.42 DUK Duke Energy Corp New 7,827 133 58.85 0.79 WETF WisdomTree Investments Inc 13,889 243 57.16 7.80 AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc 391,424 7,059 55.45 0.51 CTL CenturyLink Inc 11,859 249 47.63 [...]

June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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