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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

AT&T (T) $33.46 +1.70%

Active trading in AT&T calls. The stock is up 60 cents to $33.50 and rallying along with the broader market, even as the stock is being replaced by Apple within the Dow Jones Industrials after the closing bell today. 48,000 calls and 22,000 puts traded on the telecomm, being led by 12,270 Apr 34 calls. [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SAP SE (SAP) $70.70 +2.45%

SAP sees relative strength and higher call volume. The stock is up $1.80 to $70.80 in the wake of upbeat earnings from Oracle. Early options trades on the German software company include a 4500-lot of Apr 70 calls for $1.65 when the market was 1.60 to 1.65. Nearly 9,500 traded, which is big for the [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

.RUT Index (.RUT) $1225.80 +1.27%

Big print in the small cap index. RUT is up 15.20 to 1225.6 and the Mar 1280-1290 call spread on the index is sold at a dime, 62000X. It opens and is expressing the view that the small cap index isn’t like to rally beyond 1280.1 through the quad witch, or a 4.5% rally in [...]

March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $17.11 +2.52%

Big buyer of deep out-of-the-money VIX call options as the index makes a run back towards session highs. The index is up .31 to 17 and a 35000-lot of Apr 50 calls on the index is bought for 8 cents per contract, to open.

March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Immunomedics Inc (IMMU) $4.09 -1.21%

Increasing volume in Immunodemics led by a time spread. The stock is off 4 cents to $4.10 and the May – Aug 5 call spread on the biotech trades for 62 cents, 2500X on ISE. A customer bought the spread and is opening both legs, according to ISEE data. If so, the new position is [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (CLF) $4.35 -4.19%

17000-lot of May 6 calls on Cliff Natural Resources is opened as shares fall to 10-year lows. The stock is off 15 cents to $4.39 and the investor is apparently buying the calls to open, maybe on the view tha the 35.8% month-to-date slide in shares of the metals and minerals company is overdone. Meanwhile, [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $207.17 -0.38%

SPYder volume is running about 20% below normal levels, but puts outpace calls more than 2:1. Roughly 290,000 calls and 612,000 puts traded on the ETF so far. The biggest trade is a Mar 202 – 205 put spread for 67 cents, 30000X. Open interest is sufficient to cover, but the spread is possibly a [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $75.92 +0.76%

SPDR Energy Fund Jun 64 – 72 put spread, 15500X. A buyer paid $1.70 and is opening a new position. The ETF is up 40 cents to $75.75 and seeing relative strength despite another day of losses in crude, which took a stab at $44 per barrel today for the first time since March 2009. [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

AT&T (T) $33.46 +1.70%

Active trading in AT&T calls. The stock is up 60 cents to $33.50 and rallying along with the broader market, even as the stock is being replaced by Apple within the Dow Jones Industrials after the closing bell today. 48,000 calls and 22,000 puts traded on the telecomm, being led by 12,270 Apr 34 calls. [...]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SAP SE (SAP) $70.70 +2.45%

SAP sees relative strength and higher call volume. The stock is up $1.80 to $70.80 in the wake of upbeat earnings from Oracle. Early options trades on the German software company include a 4500-lot of Apr 70 calls for $1.65 when the market was 1.60 to 1.65. Nearly 9,500 traded, which is big for the [...]

March 18, 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 1,184,075 63.3% 36.7% $124.75 -1.42 BAC Bank of America Corporation 312,287 63.6% 36.4% $15.56 -0.23 NFLX Netflix Inc 285,868 58.0% 42.0% $571.88 +9.83 FB Facebook Inc 253,113 61.5% 38.5% $80.77 -1.54 BABA Alibaba Group Holding Limited 238,627 51.3% 48.7% $81.9 -2.16 GE General [...]

April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SPN Superior Energy Services Inc 3,643 34 107.15 1.08 IVR Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc 4,654 50 93.08 0.15 BDSI BioDelivery Sciences International Inc 10,325 136 75.92 0.53 ZOES Zoes Kitchen Inc 3,172 99 32.04 1.64 CDE Coeur Mining Inc 10,556 381 27.71 0.43 CENX Century Aluminum Co [...]

April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SPN Superior Energy Services Inc 3,641 20 182.05 1.08 HCBK Hudson City Bancorp Inc 3,247 31 104.74 1.98 BUD Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV 4,334 97 44.68 0.99 ACM AECOM 8,107 186 43.59 4.92 ZOES Zoes Kitchen Inc 2,874 73 39.37 1.64 BKS Barnes and Noble Inc [...]

April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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