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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

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO) $28.66 -0.10%

Sizable volatility play in Cisco options. With shares off 6 cents to $28.63, the May 28.5 – 29 strangle on the networking company is bought for $1.32, 15000X. It’s not tied and appears to be a new position (the puts are opening, calls might close). The position will likely capture earnings, due around 5/13.

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Edison International (EIX) $60.12 -0.63%

Opening options action in Edison Int’l. The stock is off 33 cents to $60.17 and smaller lots of Jun 62.5 calls on the electric utility company are swept for 90 and 95 cents before 7330 traded for $1 per contract. Buyers are apparently opening positions and volume at that strike is 9,489 against 18 in [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $12.89 -2.72%

Big print in the VIX pit. The volatility index is off .28 to 12.97 and paper bought nearly 100000 May 12.5 puts on VIX for 9 cents per contract. The new position will expire in 27 days and seems to be expressing the view that the index might fall below 12.5 (12.41 expiration breakeven) through [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $14.16 +12.38%

Deep out-of-the-money calls on VIX are seeing some interest. The index is up 1.56 to 14.16 and a 13,000-lot Sep 50 calls on the volatility index is being opened for 28 cents when the market was 20 to 30 cents. The second biggest block of options in the VIX pit is a 12400-lot of Aug [...]

April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

Glu Mobile Inc (GLUU) $5.52 +8.02%

Heavy trading in Glu Mobile as shares spike 8.2%. The stock is up 42 cents to $5.53 on increasing volume of 3.5 million shares (avg daily is 1.55 million). 7,900 calls and 1,090 puts traded on the mobile game developer. The largest trade is a sweep of 1,271 May 6 calls for 25 cents when [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Halcon Resources Corporation (HK) $1.66 +0.61%

Higher options volume in Halcon Resources led by sweeps of January 2016 calls. The stock is flat at $1.65 and 2,078 Jan 2 call options on the oil and gas driller are swept across multiple echanges for 20 cents followed by 1,702 more for 30 cents. More than 5,000 traded against 2,868 in open interest. [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

IShares MSCI Japan (EWJ) $13.27 +0.76%

iShares Japan Fund calls now outpace puts 256:1. A seller of 100000 Dec 15-strike calls on the ETF was noted earlier (see 11:18 color). More recently, the Jun – Jan 13 call spread on EWJ has traded 55,000X. Most of the action has been on ISE where sentiment data indicate the spread is being bought [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

IShares MSCI Japan (EWJ) $13.25 +0.61%

Massive call sale in Japan ETF suggests spread. Trader sold 100K EWJ Dec 15c for 12.5c on NYSE ARCA just after 11am as EWJ traded near $13.25. Traded outright and likely offsets the 100K Jan 13 calls that are open. Those date back to last year when a seller collected 46c to 52c for similar [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO) $28.66 -0.10%

Sizable volatility play in Cisco options. With shares off 6 cents to $28.63, the May 28.5 – 29 strangle on the networking company is bought for $1.32, 15000X. It’s not tied and appears to be a new position (the puts are opening, calls might close). The position will likely capture earnings, due around 5/13.

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Edison International (EIX) $60.12 -0.63%

Opening options action in Edison Int’l. The stock is off 33 cents to $60.17 and smaller lots of Jun 62.5 calls on the electric utility company are swept for 90 and 95 cents before 7330 traded for $1 per contract. Buyers are apparently opening positions and volume at that strike is 9,489 against 18 in [...]

April 22, 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 1,230,906 65.1% 34.9% $132.55 +1.16 BABA Alibaba Group Holding Limited 269,179 72.6% 27.4% $93.27 -0.61 FB Facebook Inc 225,655 70.0% 30.0% $80.54 +0.06 T AT&T 137,780 71.1% 28.9% $34.71 -0.36 HPQ Hewlett Packard Co 134,855 68.8% 31.2% $34.76 +0.93 BAC Bank of America [...]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C EOX Emerald Oil Inc New 9,044 6 1507.33 11.05 XPO XPO Logistics Inc 6,061 57 106.33 0.58 GEVA Synageva BioPharma Corporation 2,992 31 96.52 10.55 INFY Infosys Limited 10,014 123 81.41 1.92 DTV DIRECTV 2,860 98 29.18 2.65 TGP Teekay LNG Partners LP 4,065 186 21.85 1.03 [...]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C XPO XPO Logistics Inc 6,059 57 106.30 0.58 DTV DIRECTV 2,513 36 69.81 2.65 PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Co 4,891 229 21.36 0.81 TGP Teekay LNG Partners LP 3,011 176 17.11 1.03 AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc 7,735 487 15.88 1.57 EMC EMC Corp 11,363 934 12.17 [...]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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