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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

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) $63.20 +0.48%

Notable options blocks in Qualcomm Thursday. The stock is up 33c to $63.23 and 17.5K Oct 67.5 puts on the chip-maker trade for $5.70 and 17.5K Oct 70 puts for $7.65. While both of these in-the-money blocks of put options were executed bid-side, a source of the floor says the initiator bought and the positions [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Pandora Media Inc (P) $15.11 -1.50%

Pandora puts are seeing some interest Thursday. The stock is down 22c to $15.12 and 4.1K Sep 15-strike puts on the internet radio company are swept across multiple exchanges midday for $1.26 when the market was 1.18 to 1.26. Then another 2.1K traded later for $1.33 when the market had lifted to 1.25 to 1.33. [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $17.27 +7.33%

Notable spread in VIX heading into the final minutes of trading ahead of the long weekend. The index is up 1.38 to 17.47 and at session highs. A Sep 20 – 30 – 40 call butterfly on VIX trades for 75c, 10000X. It appears to be a buyer and, if opening, the spread would offer [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $17.02 +5.78%

Active trading in the VIX pit. The index is up .80 to 16.89 heading into the long weekend and ahead of a July 5 referendum to help determine Greece’s fiscal fate. 384K calls and 96K puts traded on the index. The top trade is a 54K lot of Jul 25 calls at 61c. It appears [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU) $1.73 -21.00%

Peabody puts remain actively traded as the stock’s woes continue. Shares are down 50c to $1.69 and an investor sells 20.4K Jan 2 puts on the coal company at 75c and buys 32.7K Jan 1.5 puts for 44c each. The hefty spread appears to be rolling a block of puts down .5 strikes and expressing [...]

July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Cenveo Inc (CVO) $2.23 +5.19%

Sizable options combo in Cenveo. The stock, which sees average daily options volume of 20 contracts and share volume of 640K, is up 11c to $2.23 and an investor is apparently selling 12.5K Jan 2 puts on the printing services company at 30c to buy 10K Jan 3 calls for 40c. The options blocks are [...]

July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Global X FTSE Greece 20 (GREK) $10.73 +0.75%

Options volume on the Greece ETF is 2.5X daily average ahead the country’s July 5th voter referendum. Shares have seen steady trading ahead of the event and are flat at $10.66. In morning trading, an investor seized the high implied vols in the short-term options on the ETF to sell a 20K lot of 43.7% [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) $19.94 +6.23%

Nearly a half million options traded on the iPath S&P VIX Short-term Futures Fund. Shares are up $1.20 to $20 and volume in the Jul 10th Weekly 18 puts is approaching 50K, including a buyer of 30K contracts electronically on ISE. Jul 10th Weekly 17.5, 18.5, and 17 puts are the next most actives, as [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) $63.20 +0.48%

Notable options blocks in Qualcomm Thursday. The stock is up 33c to $63.23 and 17.5K Oct 67.5 puts on the chip-maker trade for $5.70 and 17.5K Oct 70 puts for $7.65. While both of these in-the-money blocks of put options were executed bid-side, a source of the floor says the initiator bought and the positions [...]

July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Carnival Corp (CCL) $49.56 -0.14%

Bearish flow in Carnival Cruise. The stock is off 6c to $49.57 and 3.5K Jul 48 puts on the cruise ship operator traded across multiple exchanges this morning for 35c per contract. A customer was buying-to-open, according to ISEE data. 5.3K traded at that strike total against 4.7K in open interest. The company reported earnings [...]

July 2, 2015 | 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

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:20 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 1,453,307 57.3% 42.7% $118.39 -3.01 TWTR Twitter Inc 358,593 64.6% 35.4% $29.26 -1.74 MWE Markwest Energy Partners LP 341,963 99.9% 0.1% $65.08 -0.37 FB Facebook Inc 287,365 65.8% 34.2% $94.13 +0.13 RIG Transocean Ltd 224,583 5.2% 94.8% $12.4 -0.87 BAC Bank of America [...]

August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C BEN Franklin Resources Inc 43,961 293 150.04 4.86 AGO Assured Guaranty Municipal Holdings Inc 4,374 60 72.90 2.62 ICON Iconix Brand Group Inc 4,238 107 39.61 1.92 BDX Becton Dickinson and Company 10,814 306 35.34 0.85 QEP Qep Resources Inc 10,815 341 31.72 1.17 RDWR RADWARE Ltd [...]

August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C BDX Becton Dickinson and Company 10,802 60 180.03 0.85 BEN Franklin Resources Inc 43,432 282 154.01 4.86 AGO Assured Guaranty Municipal Holdings Inc 4,234 59 71.76 2.62 CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Inc 3,148 76 41.42 1.24 NOAH Noah Holdings Limited 3,595 125 28.76 4.12 RDWR RADWARE [...]

August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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