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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

.RUT Index (.RUT) $1110.50 +1.93%

Big spread in the small cap index. With RUT up 22.40 to 1111.90, the expiring Weekly (10/24)1140-1160 call spread on the index is sold at a nickel, 25000X. The opening position is probably expressing the view index won’t recapture 1140 (2.5%) before the spread expires.

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $16.07 -10.07%

Active trading in the VIX pit continues, with more than a half million contracts traded through midday. Calls outpace puts nearly 3:1 and 85% of the flow is in the front-month November term. Some players are likely replacing positions that expired yesterday after the October settlement for VIX options (VRO) was 15.92. While that was [...]

October 23, 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

Digital River (DRIV) $25.55 +47.01%

Big spike in Digital River motivates increased call activity. The stock is up $8.16 to $25.54 on reports the company is being acquired by an investor led group for $26 per share in cash. Nov 18 calls are the most actives in the name. 5,397 traded and it appears that investors are liquidating positions. The [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $196.00 +0.55%

Another decent sized trade in the SPYders. With shares now up $1.07 to $196, 100K of the Dec Quarterly 213 calls traded for 17 cents. 35,000 traded on the ISE and are opening (firm-to-firm), according to ISEE data. Some appear to be part of Dec 108 – 113 call spreads. Still seems to be part [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $196.00 +0.55%

Big print in the SPYders is possibly a closer. With the ETF up 98 cents to $195.91, an investor buys a 280,000-lot of Dec 211 calls on the SPY for 17 cents per contract. It might close from just a few days ago when the Dec 206 – 211 call spread traded in similar quantities [...]

October 24, 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

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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 4:21 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 1,054,073 68.6% 31.4% $118.62 +2.15 BAC Bank of America Corporation 216,650 72.8% 27.2% $17.18 +0.06 BABA Alibaba Group Holding Limited 200,198 75.5% 24.5% $113.92 +3.19 FB Facebook Inc 192,663 71.6% 28.4% $74.01 +0.26 YHOO Yahoo Inc 174,500 58.4% 41.6% $51.83 +0.79 C Citigroup [...]

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C IGT International Game Technology 6,480 158 41.01 1.25 IVR Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc 3,742 97 38.58 1.97 LEN Lennar Corp 7,379 558 13.22 0.61 MPC Marathon Petroleum Corporation 2,935 268 10.95 0.54 ITUB Itau Unibanco Holding SA 2,541 233 10.91 0.66 LL Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc New [...]

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C IGT International Game Technology 6,300 98 64.29 1.25 ANN Ann Inc 3,130 251 12.47 0.66 TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd 6,141 500 12.28 0.46 TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 5,060 460 11.00 2.74 MAT Mattel Inc 5,140 768 6.69 0.97 COV Covidien Plc New 3,232 495 6.53 3.89 [...]

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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