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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

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%

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

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $16.74 -9.85%

Busy day in the VIX pit on the last day to trade the October contract. 725,000 puts and calls traded on the index and nearly two-thirds (65%) of the flow is in the expiring October term. Indeed, the first half of October was a wild month with VIX jumping to multi-year highs north of 31 [...]

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

S&P 500 Index (.SPX) $1862.49 -0.81%

Wild ride drives record option volume. 32.5 million contracts traded today as the broad market sold off nearly 3% by 1:30PM ET and later regained much of the lost ground to end down 0.8%. Puts led calls nearly 5:4, the second highest P/C ratio of the year, following Mondays 1.4. Total premium trading today exceeded [...]

October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Plug Power Inc ($PLUG) $5.16 +9.55%

Calls outpace puts in Plug Power by 10:1. The stock is up 9% to $5.16 in active trading of 12 million shares amid relative strength in alternative electrical/battery names (BLDP and FCEL are also rallying). 26,000 calls and 2,600 puts traded in PLUG. 4,800 Weekly (11/7) 5.5 calls traded in the name. Dec 5, Weekly [...]

November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Logitech International SA (LOGI) $12.91 +4.20%

Followup on Logitech call flow. Buyer paid 65c for 2323 Nov 13 calls in a sweep at 2:06ET when shares were 12.69, then paid 70c for another 2300 on the PHLX several minutes later when shares were 12.76. Nearly 5900 calls have traded today, 200x normal for the stock, with flow opening the largest block [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

iShares Russell 2000 Value (IWN) $94.54 -0.69%

IWM Nov 102 – 105 put spread for 43 cents, 40000X on CBOE. With shares down 88 cents to $109.65, looks like a buyer and maybe to hedge the risk of short-term weakness in the small caps. Nov options expire in 30 days. The 105-strike on IWM is 4.2% out-of-the-money.

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $40.89 -0.29%

iShares Emerging Markets Fund Dec 42.5 – 45 call spread is sold at 42 cents, 42000X. Looks like a closer and covering positions opened last week, which included notable buying interest for 65 and 66 cents on 10/14. EEM is down 8 cents to $40.93 today and has lost 1% since that time. Liquidating of [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

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

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

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 4:21 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 1,224,596 67.7% 32.3% $116.46 +0.15 BABA Alibaba Group Holding Limited 292,789 65.9% 34.1% $110.73 +0.91 FB Facebook Inc 236,628 60.4% 39.6% $73.74 +0.14 YHOO Yahoo Inc 226,757 72.6% 27.4% $51.02 -0.23 BAC Bank of America Corporation 215,825 73.2% 26.8% $17.12 +0.12 INTC Intel [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C FENG Phoenix New Media Limited 10,107 46 219.72 0.60 ROSE Rosetta Resources Inc 2,545 52 48.94 0.63 RGR Sturm Ruger and Co 2,952 103 28.66 1.80 RPTP Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp 9,784 402 24.34 0.58 CPN Calpine Corporation 16,508 772 21.38 2.18 CERS Cerus Corp 4,340 210 20.67 [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SC Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc 3,305 14 236.07 0.26 MBI MBIA Inc 10,332 264 39.14 3.07 CERS Cerus Corp 4,183 149 28.07 1.62 RPTP Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp 9,756 354 27.56 0.58 AGN Allergan Inc 2,747 169 16.25 1.72 MNKD MannKind Corporation 25,643 2,121 12.09 0.60 MHR [...]

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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