iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund (IBB) $71.38 -0.31%

| October 14, 2008 | 0 Comments More

The iShares Biotechology Fund (IBB) is seeing bearish order flow Tuesday. Shares of the fund are down 87 cents to $70.73 and volume in the options market is running double the usual. The top two trades include 1,500 November 70 puts traded offerside for $3.20 a contract and 1,500 November 65 puts traded bidside for $1.64. The trade was repeated at least four more times until volume in both contracts rose to more than 7,500. The action hints at bear put spreads, where the strategists are buying the 70s and selling the 65s for roughly $1.56 per spread. If so, the potential payoff is $13.44 if IBB falls to $65 per share or less by November options expiration.

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