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  • CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

    CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

    Surging put volume in the first hour. 4.10 million contracts have traded across the exchanges, which compares to 2.5 million contracts of call activity. The total put-to-call ratio is therefore at an exteme of 1.6 after finishing Friday at 1.14. Including today, the total PC ratio has been greater than 1.0 in nine of the [...]

    October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

    Apple Inc (AAPL) $101.75 -0.04%

    Top trades in Apple today are part of a three-way spread. The stock is up 7 cents to $101.86 on a quiet day for Apple as BABA grabs all the headlines. On the options front, an investor bought 20,000 Oct 95 puts on AAPL for 48 cents, bought 20,000 Weekly (10/24) 103 calls for $2.64, [...]

    September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc ($AVNR) $6.71 -0.15%

    Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc ($AVNR) $6.71 -0.15%

    Mixed sentiment in Avanir Pharmaceuticals today. The stock has been in and out of positive territory and is now flat at $6.72 after moving to multi-year highs Thursday. On the options front, an Oct 5 – 6 put spread on AVNR is bought-to-open this afternoon for 37.5 cents, 15000X. Earlier in the day, however, Oct [...]

    September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Equities

Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR) $2.59 -10.07%

The woes continue for Alpha Natural Resources as shares of the coal producer drop another 10% to new lows of $2.59. Recent options trades on ANR include a sweep of 10747 Oct 2.5 puts across multiple exchanges for 14 cents when the bid-ask was 12 to 14 cents. 12,267 now traded vs. 1,296 in OI [...]

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ) $39.96 +0.71%

Increased options activity in Canadian Natural Resources, being led by a buyer of 7,500 Jan2016 40 calls for $3.80. It’s opening and tied to 405K shares at $38.90. Separately, 5,640 Oct 39 calls trade on the oil and natura gas company at a VWAP of $1.09. Open interest is 31 and the market is now [...]

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX) $22.10 +4.05%

Surging put volume in the first hour. 4.10 million contracts have traded across the exchanges, which compares to 2.5 million contracts of call activity. The total put-to-call ratio is therefore at an exteme of 1.6 after finishing Friday at 1.14. Including today, the total PC ratio has been greater than 1.0 in nine of the [...]

October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $14.06 -5.83%

292,000 calls and 52,000 puts traded in the VIX pit, with a three-way spread driving 40% of today’s volume. One player is apparently selling 45,792 Oct 17 calls on VIX at 91 cents to buy 45,972 Nov 17 – 23 call spreads for 79 cents. If so, it might roll positions opened on 9/12 when [...]

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR) $2.59 -10.07%

The woes continue for Alpha Natural Resources as shares of the coal producer drop another 10% to new lows of $2.59. Recent options trades on ANR include a sweep of 10747 Oct 2.5 puts across multiple exchanges for 14 cents when the bid-ask was 12 to 14 cents. 12,267 now traded vs. 1,296 in OI [...]

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Green Plains Inc (GPRE) $36.83 +2.62%

Green Plains Nov 40 – 45 call spread for $1.06, 1620X. Looks like an opening buyer. 2500 traded on the day. The stock is up 3% to $37 after a two-week 17.4% tumble. The call spread will capture earnings, due in late-October.

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $23.90 +1.96%

Market Vectors Russia Fund draws call buying. The ETF is up 46 cents to $23.90 and, just after the opening bell, 5,000 RSX Jan 25s traded for 85 cents across multiple exchanges. Later, another 7,000 traded for 90 cents. Volume at that strike now 14,581 against 16,459 in open interest and data from ISE is [...]

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) $117.09 -0.43%

GLD Weekly (9/26) – Sep QTRLY 115 put spread is bought for 13 cents, 15275X. With shares down 51 cents to $117.09, the spread appears to roll a block of long puts out to the Sep Quarterlys from the 9/26 Weeklys, for an additional four days of downside exposure.

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ) $39.96 +0.71%

Increased options activity in Canadian Natural Resources, being led by a buyer of 7,500 Jan2016 40 calls for $3.80. It’s opening and tied to 405K shares at $38.90. Separately, 5,640 Oct 39 calls trade on the oil and natura gas company at a VWAP of $1.09. Open interest is 31 and the market is now [...]

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Range Resources Corp (RRC) $68.09 -2.70%

1,985 Nov 70 calls on Range Resources swept for $2.35 across multiple exchanges. It’s an opening buyer, as shares drop $1.80 to $68.20 and 52-week lows.

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Flow Monitor Tips

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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 | 5 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 860,107 64.3% 35.7% $105.21 +0.38 AMZN Amazon com 343,149 46.6% 53.4% $286.29 -26.89 PBR Petroleo Brasileiro ADR 334,125 58.9% 41.1% $12.93 +0.82 FB Facebook Inc 294,539 55.4% 44.6% $80.71 +0.67 MSFT Microsoft Corporation 247,977 70.0% 30.0% $46.12 +1.10 YHOO Yahoo Inc 236,894 64.1% [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C CSH Cash America International Inc 10,643 1 10643.00 1.88 VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc 19,935 378 52.74 0.89 A Agilent Technologies 4,057 77 52.69 0.42 JIVE Jive Software Inc 3,259 65 50.14 0.76 ORIG Ocean Rig UDW Inc 3,533 120 29.44 7.90 DG Dollar General Corporation 8,397 [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C CSH Cash America International Inc 10,636 1 10636.00 1.88 A Agilent Technologies 4,056 1 4056.00 0.42 VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc 19,570 259 75.56 0.89 CCL Carnival Corp 5,331 117 45.56 1.45 SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc 21,520 890 24.18 0.26 CX Cemex SaB De Cv 6,809 [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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