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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

Mini SPX (.XSP) $198.13 +1.00%

Big prints in the mini-S&P 500 index. XSP is up 2 points to $198.16 after the S&P 500 added 20 ahead of tomorrow’s FOMC announcement. In afternoon options action today, an investor was apparently buying the Weekly (10/31) 194 – Dec 190 put spread on the index for $1.86, 11729X and also buying Jan 188 [...]

October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

.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

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

Harvest Natural Resources Inc (HNR) $3.44 +15.82%

Harvest Natural Resources attracts higher options volume. With shares up 35 cents to $3.32, Jan 4 calls on the oil and gas company have traded more than 15,000 contracts, including a 14700-lot for 60 cents when the bid-ask was 20 to 80 cents. It opens the largest block of open interst in the name. The [...]

October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

JP Morgan Alerian MLP (AMJ) $51.06 +0.61%

JP Morgan Alerian MLP attracts a second day of put activity. 10K Nov 50 puts were bought yesterday. Shares are up 30 cents to $51.05 and a 5000-lot of Nov 51s trades for $1.85. Hearing its a buyer. AMLP is also seeing bearish flow today.

October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Alerian MLP (AMLP) $18.75 +0.21%

Bearish theme in the MLPs continues. Alerian MLP is flat at $18.71 and a 5000-lot of AMLP Dec 18 puts is bought for 50 cents per contract, to open (crossed most). JP Morgan Alerian MLP puts saw opening activity yesterday (see AMJ 10/27 color).

October 28, 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 572,283 67.6% 32.4% $118.93 -0.07 FB Facebook Inc 184,055 66.8% 33.2% $77.7 +0.08 HAL Halliburton Co 161,763 65.2% 34.8% $42.2 -5.14 AAL American Airlines Group Inc 108,660 70.5% 29.5% $48.53 +3.56 TWTR Twitter Inc 108,021 78.2% 21.8% $41.74 +0.61 AMZN Amazon com 107,258 [...]

November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SLM SLM Corporation 3,000 10 300.00 0.14 BGC General Cable Corp 3,113 116 26.84 2.96 NFX Newfield Exploration Co 4,970 380 13.08 1.30 DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc 23,556 1,805 13.05 2.00 ZION Zions Bancorporation 2,980 248 12.02 0.30 DOV Dover Corp 4,037 447 9.03 0.38 HLF [...]

November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

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

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C SLM SLM Corporation 3,000 10 300.00 0.14 BGC General Cable Corp 3,103 76 40.83 2.96 DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc 22,782 1,147 19.86 2.00 NFX Newfield Exploration Co 4,817 302 15.95 1.30 YY YY Inc 4,092 384 10.66 0.68 DOV Dover Corp 3,955 420 9.42 0.38 HLF [...]

November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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