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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

Facebook Inc (FB) $76.52 +0.98%

Facebook bulls driving heavy call volume into earnings. Shares up 1.4% on the heels of Apple’s blowout and the weekly straddle implies a move near 7% tonight, in line with the average of the past 4 releases (2up, 2 down), while option volume today is focused in upside strikes- particularly weekly 1/30 80 calls and [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Juniper Networks Inc (JNPR) $23.07 +5.68%

Juniper Networks option volume heavy after earnings. Shares up nearly up 6% to $23.15 near four month highs after beating EPS and option volume is twice normal with calls leading puts 7K to 6K at 3pm ET. Notable opening flow includes a buyers paying 31c for 1067 Feb 24 calls a few minutes ago as [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $16.75 +2.13%

Big put buyer in the VIX pit Friday morning. The index is up .32 to 16.72 after a 12.7% skid yesterday and 140,000 VIX Feb 14 puts on the index are bought for 17.5 cents per contract. One player purchased 200,000 total and volume at that strike is now 222,400 against 86,180 open interest. The [...]

January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

.RUT Index (.RUT) $1156.25 -0.92%

Big prints in the Small Cap Index. The Russell is down 10.90 to 1156.10 and an investor sells Weekly (2/6) 1020 and 1030 puts on the index and buys Weekly (2/6) 1000 – 1010 put spreads, collecting 90 cents, 33000X (or selling the 1030 – 1010 and 1020 – 1000 put spreads). The new position [...]

January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

MRC GLOBAL INC (MRC) $11.12 -4.06%

Bearish flow in MRC Global as shares fall to record lows. MRC is off 48 cents to $11.11 and the top options trade on the oil and gas company is a sweep of 506 Feb 10 puts for 50 cents when the market was 25 to 50 cents. More than 2,500 traded at that strike, [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Boyd Gaming Corp (BYD) $13.60 -1.02%

Boyd Gaming Feb 13 – May 15 call spread at 35 cents, 7500X. The investor is apparently selling-to-close Feb 13 calls at 85 cents and buying May 15-strike calls for 50 cents. The spread has traded nearly 12,000X today. Open interest in the Feb 13s is 17,874, which is the largest in the name, and [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) $22.41 -2.05%

Market Vectors Gold Fund draws a big options combo. The ETF is down 53 cents to $22.35 and a March 20 – 26 bearish risk-reversal on GDX is bought for 13 cents, 20000X. The new position is tied to shares for $22.57 (on a 40 delta) and seems to be reflecting expectations for additional volatility [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) $123.59 -0.65%

51,000 calls and 13,000 puts traded in the SPDR Gold Fund. The ETF is down 75 cents to $123.65 on light volume of 3.5 million shares after the yellow metal lost $6 to $1285.5. Recent options trades on GLD include an Apr 130 – 145 (1X2) call raito spread for $1.20, 3000X. The 1X2 has [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Facebook Inc (FB) $76.52 +0.98%

Facebook bulls driving heavy call volume into earnings. Shares up 1.4% on the heels of Apple’s blowout and the weekly straddle implies a move near 7% tonight, in line with the average of the past 4 releases (2up, 2 down), while option volume today is focused in upside strikes- particularly weekly 1/30 80 calls and [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

JD com Inc (JD) $25.95 +2.41%

Higher call volume in JD. The stock is up 54 cents to $25.88 and the top options trade on the Chinese ecommerce company is a 10000-lot of Mar 25 calls for $2.45 per contract. The hefty premium purchase is tied to stock (62 delta) and maybe stock replacement. 11,000 Mar 25 calls now traded in [...]

January 28, 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 1,148,268 60.2% 39.8% $128.47 -1.94 BAC Bank of America Corporation 586,843 70.2% 29.8% $15.81 -0.23 GE General Electric Company 419,299 92.0% 8.0% $25.99 +0.10 FB Facebook Inc 359,836 72.5% 27.5% $78.94 -1.47 QCOM Qualcomm Inc 190,298 76.5% 23.5% $72.56 +0.55 JCP J C [...]

February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C TIME Time Inc 3,043 10 304.30 2.74 MDRX Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc 7,424 166 44.72 1.45 CVE Cenovus Energy Inc 3,601 81 44.46 0.74 FSL Freescale Semiconductor Ltd 3,180 124 25.65 0.99 HIG Hartford Financial Services Group Inc 7,445 589 12.64 4.66 VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc [...]

February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SYK Stryker Corp 2,889 28 103.18 1.24 MDRX Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc 7,294 133 54.84 1.45 HIG Hartford Financial Services Group Inc 7,090 375 18.91 4.66 JD JD com Inc 14,760 879 16.79 0.17 TRIP TripAdvisor Inc 2,629 184 14.29 0.72 VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc 6,600 [...]

February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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