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  • Huntsman Corporation (HUN) $25.02 +2.84%

    Huntsman Corporation (HUN) $25.02 +2.84%

    Huntsman sees higher call volume. The stock is up 70 cents to $25, as the chemicals company adjusts EPS estimates at an Investor Day. 9,527 Mar 25 calls traded on the stock against 12,066 in open interest. The contract saw increasing activity leading up to the event on an institutional trading desk recommendation to buy [...]

    March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • International Game Technology (IGT) $15.17 +1.13%

    International Game Technology (IGT) $15.17 +1.13%

    Opening call buyer bets on International Game Tech. The stock is up 17 cents to $15.17 and an 8000-lot of Jul 17s is bought on the gaming equipment company for 65 cents per contract. 9,307 contracts traded total against 5,056 in open interest. Jul 15 and Mar 16 calls on IGT are also drawing interest [...]

    March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) $6.66 -2.56%

    J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) $6.66 -2.56%

    Four-way spead in JC Penney is possibly a position adjustment. The stock is down 17 cents to $6.67 and the investor sold the Mar 6 – 8 put spread on the retailer and bought the Mar 5 – 7 put spread, collecting 34 cents for the transaction, 13000X. The activity might roll a position down [...]

    January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Equities

Banco Santander SA (SAN) $8.86 -0.34%

Santander sees a hefty premium sale. The stock is off 3 pennies to $8.86 and 36,000 Jan 10 calls are sold on the Spanish bank at 22.5 cents. 37,770 traded on the day. Open interest at that strike is 96,380 and most were opened in the summer 2013. For instance, buying was noted for 50 [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Mylan Inc (MYL) $52.76 +1.42%

High call volume in Mylan Labs. The stock is up 75 cents to $52.78 and seeing relative strength today on unsubstantiated chatter that Perrigo is interested in MYL (per Briefing). On the options front, March 55 calls, which are 4.2% out-of-the-money and expiring in a week, are the most active in the name. 5,350 traded [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $17.85 +10.05%

VIX sees heavy volume. The index is above 17 for the first time in more than a month and 1.7 million contracts traded in the VIX pit. Some of the flow is probably expiration related because the March options expire on Wednesday. The biggest trade, however, is a May – Jul 20 call spread on [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

.RUT Index (.RUT) $1167.40 -1.42%

Big print in the small cap index. The Russell is down 17.10 to 1167.10 and an investor is selling the Mar 1085 – 1095 put spread on the index at 13 cents, 41000X. It’s opening and probably based on the premise that .RUT is not likely to drop another 72 points, or 6.2%, by the [...]

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Banco Santander SA (SAN) $8.86 -0.34%

Santander sees a hefty premium sale. The stock is off 3 pennies to $8.86 and 36,000 Jan 10 calls are sold on the Spanish bank at 22.5 cents. 37,770 traded on the day. Open interest at that strike is 96,380 and most were opened in the summer 2013. For instance, buying was noted for 50 [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY) $10.19 +1.80%

Cypress sees midday options action. The stock is up 14 cents to $10.15 and a sweep of 5,560 Jun 10 calls recently traded on the chipmaker for 75 cents when the market was 60 to 75 cents. Volume at that strike is now 7,188 against 2,330 in open interest and the market lifted to 75 [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $21.80 +3.56%

Bold trade in the Russia ETF ahead of the referendum in Ukraine. The fate of Crimea is decided this weekend and, despite fears about the potential for escalating violence, an investor bought a 24000-lot of RSX Aug 25 calls on RSX for 87.5 cents per contract. 27,256 contracts traded on the day.

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) $65.07 -0.29%

MSCI EFA Fund draws unusual activity. The ETF is down 17 cents to $65.09 and an investor sold 130,000 June 45 puts on EFA at 6 cents and bought 80,000 Sep 45s for 34 cents. The Jun puts probably close from 9/18 when a buyer was paying 38 and 42 cents. The Sep 45 puts [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Mylan Inc (MYL) $52.76 +1.42%

High call volume in Mylan Labs. The stock is up 75 cents to $52.78 and seeing relative strength today on unsubstantiated chatter that Perrigo is interested in MYL (per Briefing). On the options front, March 55 calls, which are 4.2% out-of-the-money and expiring in a week, are the most active in the name. 5,350 traded [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV) $74.52 -0.88%

Noteworthy flow in National Oilwell. The stock is off 67 cents to $74.51 and the top trade is a 4545-lot of Apr 72.5 puts for $1.01 per contract on ISE. A customer bought-to-open, according to ISEE data. 15,400 traded against 1,260 in open interest and the market is 1.17 to 1.20. Note that another driller, [...]

March 14, 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 | 5 Comments More

Options Flow Recaps

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:21 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg BAC Bank of America Corporation 545,924 70.0% 30.0% $16.13 -0.26 FB Facebook Inc 381,694 63.0% 37.0% $59.7 +0.61 YHOO Yahoo Inc 313,609 74.1% 25.9% $36.33 +2.12 AAPL Apple Inc 293,236 55.2% 44.8% $518.97 +1.01 INTC Intel Corporation 181,675 62.9% 37.1% $26.93 +0.16 T AT&T 161,116 23.5% [...]

April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C ITUB Itau Unibanco Holding SA 6,030 58 103.97 0.79 HGG HHGREGG Inc 7,585 80 94.81 2.42 TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd 7,161 424 16.89 0.96 AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Inc 12,015 717 16.76 2.72 FSL Freescale Semiconductor Ltd 12,964 842 15.40 2.08 MYGN Myriad Genetics Inc [...]

April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C ITUB Itau Unibanco Holding SA 6,019 28 214.96 0.79 CX Cemex SaB De Cv 12,832 300 42.77 0.49 AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Inc 7,877 240 32.82 2.72 OCN Ocwen Financial Corp 8,489 461 18.41 1.41 WPRT Westport Innovations Inc 2,801 214 13.09 0.82 BX Blackstone Group LP [...]

April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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