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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

Hewlett Packard Co (HPQ) $30.52 -0.38%

Higher call volume in Hewlett Packard driven by opening of calls that expire next week. The stock is off 9c to $30.53 and a 9.3K lot of Aug 7th Weekly 30.5 calls on the computer company trades for 49c on ISE. It’s a customer buyer, according to ISEE data. More than 15.4K traded against 331 [...]

July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Generac Holding Inc (GNRC) $35.17 -0.68%

Noteworthy print in Generac opens the second largest options block in the name. The stock is off 23c to $35.17 and 4.6K Nov 32.5 puts on the power generator company are opened for $1.65 when the market was 1.35 to 1.65. 5K traded total and the flow opens the second biggest open interest in Generac [...]

July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $13.74 +0.00%

Two notable three-way spreads in the VIX pit this morning. The index is up 2 points to 15.74 and has now rallied 3.62 points in the past three days. In early options action Monday, 20K Aug 14 puts on VIX trade at 50c along with 20K Sep 17 – 25 call spreads for $1. Separately, [...]

July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

.RUT Index (.RUT) $0.00 +0.00%

Big spread in the Small Cap Index 7/31 Weeklys. The index is down 16.90 to 1218.80 amid broad weakness across US equities and the Weekly 1145 – 1165 put spread on the Russell trades at 17c, 7500X. The spread has traded 33000X today and seems to be expressing confidence that the index won’t drop 4.4% [...]

July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

TerraForm Power Inc (TERP) $30.25 -1.79%

Opening activity in TerraForm Power puts ahead of earnings. The stock is off 39c to $30.37 and 3K Aug 30 puts on the utility company traded midday for 75c when the market was 55 to 75c. More than 6.2K traded at that line. Another 3.7K Sep 30 puts also traded in the name. Total volume [...]

July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (BCEI) $8.28 +0.00%

Notable print in Bonanza Creek opens the second biggest options block in the name. The stock is off 11c to $8.16 after falling to 52-week lows of $7.83 on an earnings miss Monday. 6.2K Oct 10 puts on the oil and gas company trade for $2.525 when the market was 2 to 2.55. A shareholder [...]

July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (EPI) $21.84 +0.41%

Wisdom Tree India Fund with increased options volume, driven by one block trade. Shares are up 10c to $21.83 and a 35K block of Aug 21 puts on the ETF is sold at 12.5c per contract. It appears to be closing. Open interest is 38K and the second largest in the product, behind the 83K [...]

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Utilities Select Sector (XLU) $43.16 +0.19%

Notable print in the SPDR Utility Fund. Shares are up 3c to $43.10 and, 20 minutes before the FOMC rate announcement, 30K Weekly 43.5 calls on the ETF traded for 6c on CBOE when the market was 3 to 7c. Then another 4K traded on ISE at 6 cents and was a buyer for firm [...]

July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Hewlett Packard Co (HPQ) $30.52 -0.38%

Higher call volume in Hewlett Packard driven by opening of calls that expire next week. The stock is off 9c to $30.53 and a 9.3K lot of Aug 7th Weekly 30.5 calls on the computer company trades for 49c on ISE. It’s a customer buyer, according to ISEE data. More than 15.4K traded against 331 [...]

July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

EOG Resources Inc (EOG) $77.36 -1.58%

EOG Resources with increased put activity ahead of earnings. The stock is off $1.27 to $77.27 and the Aug 70 – 77.5 put spread on the oil and gas company trades for $2, 3000X, on CBOE and 2000X, on ISE as well. 5000 traded total and data from ISE indicate that a customer is buying-to-open. [...]

July 31, 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 579,870 56.3% 43.7% $112.77 -0.49 FB Facebook Inc 167,019 62.7% 37.3% $89.41 -1.60 TWTR Twitter Inc 157,865 74.3% 25.7% $27.78 +0.94 BAC Bank of America Corporation 153,940 60.7% 39.3% $16.33 -0.01 BABA Alibaba Group Holding Limited 120,290 50.6% 49.4% $66.1 -3.94 NFLX Netflix [...]

August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C AIRM Air Methods Corp 8,220 7 1174.29 0.05 MW Mens Wearhouse Inc 3,328 4 832.00 0.35 LUK Leucadia National Corp 2,706 35 77.31 2.98 AGO Assured Guaranty Municipal Holdings Inc 5,941 318 18.68 3.13 FAST Fastenal Co 2,724 150 18.16 3.72 DVA DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc 3,838 [...]

August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C MW Mens Wearhouse Inc 3,186 4 796.50 0.35 AGO Assured Guaranty Municipal Holdings Inc 3,801 8 475.12 3.13 DVA DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc 3,779 10 377.90 0.53 WTW Weight Watchers 3,082 190 16.22 0.99 ETE Energy Transfer Equity LP 2,769 172 16.10 0.88 CNX CONSOL Energy Inc [...]

August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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