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  • Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $26.33 -0.98%

    Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $26.33 -0.98%

    Short-term put buyer in the Market Vectors Russia ETF. Shares are off 22 cents to $26.37 and one player bought 7,500 Jul 25.5 puts on RSX for a dime and bought 7,060 Jul 26 puts for 20 cents. Both legs are opening and the flow seems to be expressing concerns about additional weakness in Russia’s [...]

    July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

    Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

    Blackstone July 34 calls see early interest. The stock is up 28 cents to $33.08 and 2209 recently printed for 22 cents on CBOE when the bid-ask was 20 to 22 cents. 2,549 now traded against 4,923 in open interest. The calls expire in a few days and will capture 7/17 earnings. Sep 34 calls [...]

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  • Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

    Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

    Hefty spread in Cheniere Energy. The stock is 95 cents to $72.07 and 50000 Jan2016 75 – 85 call spreads on the natural gas company are sold at $3.30. It appears to be closing positions opened on 4/14 when the same spread was being bought to open for $1.85. The stock is up 32.5% since [...]

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Equities

Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

Blackstone July 34 calls see early interest. The stock is up 28 cents to $33.08 and 2209 recently printed for 22 cents on CBOE when the bid-ask was 20 to 22 cents. 2,549 now traded against 4,923 in open interest. The calls expire in a few days and will capture 7/17 earnings. Sep 34 calls [...]

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Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

Hefty spread in Cheniere Energy. The stock is 95 cents to $72.07 and 50000 Jan2016 75 – 85 call spreads on the natural gas company are sold at $3.30. It appears to be closing positions opened on 4/14 when the same spread was being bought to open for $1.85. The stock is up 32.5% since [...]

July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $10.46 -1.51%

July call spreads on VIX. The index is flat at 10.64 and near 7-year lows, as the S&P 500 sees another quiet open and trades up 2 just points. 30-day historical volatility of the S&P 500 has plummeted to 52-week lows of only 5.5%. On the options front, a Jul 14 – 16 call spread [...]

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $11.85 -1.74%

Relatively active trading in VIX options Wednesday. The index hit a morning low of 11.63 and is now down .19 to 11.87 after the S&P surrendered morning gains and dropped 2 points heading into midday. 262,000 calls and 122,000 puts traded in the VIX pit. The ten most actives and 88% of the flow is [...]

June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (SID) $4.17 +0.00%

Brazilian steel maker Companhia Siderurgica sees bearish flow. The stock is flat at $4.17 and most of the options actiivty is in Dec 4 puts after 10000 were swept across multiple exchanges for 50 cents when the bid ask was 35 to 50 cents. Open interest is 3,555.

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Vivus Inc (VVUS) $5.26 -0.57%

Deep in-the-money put spread in Vivus. The stock is flat at $5.30 and the investor is apparently buying the Jun – Jan 15 ps on the biotech for 45 cents, 12271X. It probably rolls a block of puts, maybe a hedge, out an additional six months. Looks like the expiring June 15s were opened at [...]

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $26.33 -0.98%

Short-term put buyer in the Market Vectors Russia ETF. Shares are off 22 cents to $26.37 and one player bought 7,500 Jul 25.5 puts on RSX for a dime and bought 7,060 Jul 26 puts for 20 cents. Both legs are opening and the flow seems to be expressing concerns about additional weakness in Russia’s [...]

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Financial Select Sector (XLF) $22.81 +0.31%

Heavy trading in SPDR Financials put options. The ETF is up a nickel to $22.79 and, at current prices, 381,000 June puts on XLF are set to expire worthless. Some investors are probably replacing some of those positions with opening of XLF puts in later expirations. The top trade is a buyer of 75000 Weekly [...]

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Blackstone Group LP (BX) $33.20 +1.22%

Blackstone July 34 calls see early interest. The stock is up 28 cents to $33.08 and 2209 recently printed for 22 cents on CBOE when the bid-ask was 20 to 22 cents. 2,549 now traded against 4,923 in open interest. The calls expire in a few days and will capture 7/17 earnings. Sep 34 calls [...]

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG) $72.09 +1.36%

Hefty spread in Cheniere Energy. The stock is 95 cents to $72.07 and 50000 Jan2016 75 – 85 call spreads on the natural gas company are sold at $3.30. It appears to be closing positions opened on 4/14 when the same spread was being bought to open for $1.85. The stock is up 32.5% since [...]

July 14, 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 | 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 1,937,866 68.4% 31.6% $97.2 +2.48 FB Facebook Inc 823,076 58.6% 41.4% $71.3 +2.03 MSFT Microsoft Corporation 462,895 68.6% 31.4% $44.87 +0.04 YHOO Yahoo Inc 265,944 80.8% 19.2% $34.72 +1.12 BX Blackstone Group LP 251,052 97.1% 2.9% $36.02 +0.45 BAC Bank of America Corporation [...]

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C WETF WisdomTree Investments Inc 12,261 563 21.78 1.86 MBI MBIA Inc 20,869 981 21.27 2.14 RIO Rio Tinto Plc 20,271 1,027 19.74 2.94 ANF Abercrombie and Fitch Co 8,571 562 15.25 0.81 KLAC KLA Tencor Corporation 7,282 581 12.53 0.47 FTNT Fortinet Inc 21,419 1,781 12.03 0.23 [...]

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C FDO Family Dollar Stores Inc 2,565 128 20.04 0.56 WETF WisdomTree Investments Inc 8,849 443 19.98 1.86 MDLZ Mondelez International Inc 7,888 438 18.01 0.34 WLP WellPoint Inc 2,936 164 17.90 0.92 FTNT Fortinet Inc 17,935 1,017 17.64 0.23 KRFT Kraft Foods Group Inc 6,468 470 13.76 [...]

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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