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  • Twitter Inc (TWTR) $48.58 -2.74%

    Twitter Inc (TWTR) $48.58 -2.74%

    Twitter options volume twice normal with earnings an hour away. On pace for 400K contracts today with calls leading puts 4:3 and 61% of today’s volume in weeklys that expire this Friday. Shares near 48.60, the center of their 52wk range of 30.50 to 73.31, and today’s volume is on track for the best since [...]

    October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • 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

Equities

Twitter Inc (TWTR) $48.58 -2.74%

Twitter options volume twice normal with earnings an hour away. On pace for 400K contracts today with calls leading puts 4:3 and 61% of today’s volume in weeklys that expire this Friday. Shares near 48.60, the center of their 52wk range of 30.50 to 73.31, and today’s volume is on track for the best since [...]

October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

FireEye Inc (FEYE) $31.08 +0.65%

FireEye Weekly (11/7) 32 calls trade 3086 contracts. With the stock up 20 cents to $31.08, the top trade is a 2000-lot for $1.70 on PHLX when bid-ask was $1.45 to $1.70. Looks like a new position and will capture a Nov 4 earnings report.

October 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) $15.39 -1.60%

Big VIX trade this morning as an investor is possibly selling 74,380 Oct 20 calls on the index at 72 cents and buying 74,380 Nov 17 – 23 call spreads for 97 cents. The Nov 17 – 23 call spread might add to positions opened two days ago for 79 cents (see 9/24 color). Also [...]

September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

KB Home (KBH) $15.24 -2.12%

KB Homes Oct 18 – Nov 17 call spread trades at 17 cents, 13100X. With the stock down 34 cents to $15.34, it looks like the Nov 17s are being sold-to-open. Meanwhile, the Oct 18s appear to close a block of calls opened a week ago at 31 cents when shares traded north of $17. [...]

September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Forest Oil Corporation (FST) $1.23 -7.52%

Forest Oil drops 11 cents to $1.22 and an investor opens a long put/long stock strategy. 30,000 Jan 2 puts were bought for 85 cents and bought 3 million shares for $1.25. The stock is at new lows today after falling 80% from a year ago.

September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $197.20 -0.35%

Large cross-product put spread pits S&P500 vs Russell 2000. Customer bought 50,000 SPY Nov 185 puts for $1.38 against a sale of 50,000 IWM sept 30th 110 puts at .28 on the PHLX this morning. IWM appears to close a position opened on 9/10 when a buyer paid 53c 37500x as IWM traded near $115, [...]

September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $41.61 -1.91%

Emerging Markets option volume on track for record 1.35M contracts on overseas concerns. Implied volatility lifting to 5 month high near 20% and several large blocks have traded, including a spread in which a trader sold 13K Oct 42 puts for .97 to buy 27,700 Oct 39 Puts .19 on NYSE-ARCA. Outright trades include a [...]

September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Twitter Inc (TWTR) $48.58 -2.74%

Twitter options volume twice normal with earnings an hour away. On pace for 400K contracts today with calls leading puts 4:3 and 61% of today’s volume in weeklys that expire this Friday. Shares near 48.60, the center of their 52wk range of 30.50 to 73.31, and today’s volume is on track for the best since [...]

October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBS Corp (CBS) $54.10 -0.41%

CBS Option volume double normal with bullish bias. Shares little changed near 54.21 and several large sweeps hit the market this morning, including a buyer of 2200 Nov 55 calls at 2.10, followed with another 2000 at 2.08 a bit later which the ISE shows as opening customer buyer. October 52.5 puts also active, with [...]

September 30, 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 | 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 886,775 68.8% 31.2% $107.97 +0.99 MWE Markwest Energy Partners LP 475,139 100.0% 0.0% $70.05 +0.46 FB Facebook Inc 359,345 62.1% 37.9% $74.93 +0.82 BAC Bank of America Corporation 322,802 71.4% 28.6% $17.16 +0.13 INTC Intel Corporation 262,409 59.1% 40.9% $33.98 +1.40 F Ford [...]

October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C RICK RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc 2,828 16 176.75 4.71 RGSE Real Goods Solar Inc 5,002 266 18.80 1.58 KSS Kohls Corporation 5,041 392 12.86 1.29 LINE Linn Energy LLC 8,656 679 12.75 1.57 ATML Atmel Corp 5,533 439 12.60 3.14 NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc 4,980 439 [...]

October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc 4,814 269 17.90 0.81 PNK Pinnacle Entertain 3,513 271 12.96 0.86 BKW Burger King Worldwide Inc 13,459 1,148 11.72 2.04 ATML Atmel Corp 4,138 386 10.72 3.14 NBIX Neurocrine Biosciences Inc 8,601 845 10.18 0.66 LL Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc New 5,344 [...]

October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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