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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

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

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc (LF) $4.89 +3.60%

Heavy call volume in LeapFrog continues December trend. Shares up 3% near $4.87 today and 1600 calls have traded by 2:30ET, vs zero puts, with March 5 calls seeing most of the action in the form of 45 and 50c buyers. The same LeapFrog calls were active on December 24th as well with similar size [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

Mini SPX (.XSP) $208.57 +0.35%

Big print in the mini-S&P Index. XSP is up .7 to 208.55 after the S&P gained 7 points to record highs and a 19000-lot of Feb 199 puts on the pint-sized index trades for $1.99 when the market was 1.89 to 1.99. It opens the largest block of open interest in the product and is [...]

December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

S&P 500 Index (.SPX) $2071.75 +0.05%

Big combo in the SPX pit. With the index up 2.45 to 2073.10 and back within striking distance of record highs, the Feb 1860 – 2150 bullish risk-reversal on the S&P 500 is bought for $1.70, 39000X. It probably covers a position opened more than a month ago when the same strikes were opened 44,000X. [...]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

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

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc (LF) $4.89 +3.60%

Heavy call volume in LeapFrog continues December trend. Shares up 3% near $4.87 today and 1600 calls have traded by 2:30ET, vs zero puts, with March 5 calls seeing most of the action in the form of 45 and 50c buyers. The same LeapFrog calls were active on December 24th as well with similar size [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

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

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $208.74 +0.47%

Big spread in the SPDR 500 Trust with shares up $1 to record highs of $208.77. An investor sells 71,560 of the SPY Dec 2016 185 calls on the ETF at $33.6 per contract. The activity appears to be covering a position opened one year to the day (or 12/26/13) when the same calls traded [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Goldcorp Inc (GG) $18.31 +3.62%

Longer-term call fly in Goldcorp. With the stock up 71 cents to $18.38 and squeezing higher after the yellow metal gained $22 to $1195.5, a Jan2016 20 – 30 – 40 call butterfly spread is opened on the large cap gold miner for $1.50, 5000X on ISE. Data from the exchange confirm the spread is [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Southern Co (SO) $50.55 +1.28%

Second day of bearish flow in Southern. 3,000 Jan 50 puts on the utility traded for 80 cents Friday when the market was 66 to 80 cents. More than 4,000 traded total and open interest increased by 3,838. The stock is up 69 cents and notching record highs of $50.6 today. 4,453 Jan 49 puts [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Flow Monitor Tips

Please Use Flow Monitor

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 | 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 2,185,997 65.5% 34.5% $115.38 +6.24 FB Facebook Inc 546,615 65.2% 34.8% $76.27 +0.49 YHOO Yahoo Inc 471,931 69.4% 30.6% $46.47 -1.52 BABA Alibaba Group Holding Limited 354,593 68.3% 31.7% $98.45 -4.49 MSFT Microsoft Corporation 335,103 63.7% 36.3% $41.2 -1.46 BAC Bank of America [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C OI Owens Illinois Inc 15,429 41 376.32 3.45 RDEN Elizabeth Arden Inc 5,716 16 357.25 1.16 THRX Theravance Inc 6,228 41 151.90 2.89 CHTR Charter Communications Inc 2,709 24 112.88 0.89 BHP BHP Billiton Ltd 19,268 281 68.57 1.46 CTRX Catamaran Corporation 3,636 61 59.61 1.16 AGO [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C CTRX Catamaran Corporation 3,616 10 361.60 1.16 ARO Aeropostale Inc 2,501 13 192.38 0.90 THRX Theravance Inc 5,455 34 160.44 2.89 BHP BHP Billiton Ltd 17,106 138 123.96 1.46 EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc 4,086 47 86.94 1.25 OAS Oasis Petroleum Inc 24,811 350 70.89 1.68 CMCSA [...]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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