3X daily options volume in iPath S&P Crude Oil Total Return Fund. The ETF is flat at $11.77 and Dec 10 puts are seeing the bulk of the flow, led by a sweep of 3,010 contracts for 60c across multiple exchanges when the market was 55 to 60c and another 2,537 for 60c as well. [...]
Market Vectors Semiconductor Fund sees bearish flow. Shares are off a nickel to $59.42 and 11,520 Aug 57 puts on the exchange-traded fund print for $1.30 per contract when the bid-ask was 1.15 to 1.30. 7,680 more traded at the same time for 1.25. Total volume at that strike is 19.2K against 1,297 in open [...]
Hefty call spread in the Gold ETF. Shares are off 12c to $113.77 and the Jun 117.5 – 120 call spread on the exchange-traded fund is bought for 25c, 99000X. Both contracts now traded 100K and are now the most active options contracts across the market. The activity probably rolls Jun 120 calls that were [...]
Deep out-of-the-money call spread buyer in the Deutsche Harvest CSI 300 China ETF after a big sell-off in Shanghai Thursday. Shares are off $3.39 to $49.86 and a Jul 60 – 65 call spread on the exchange traded fund is bought for 23c, 10000X, to open. The new position has an expiration breakeven at $60.23 [...]
Call buyer in the Vanguard Europe ETF. Shares are off 34c to $57 and a 5000-lot of Jul 60 calls on the exchange-traded fund is being opened for 22.5c per contract.
Large put spread in the SPDR 500 Trust Jun 5 Weeklys. Shares are up $1.52 to $212.22 and have retraced 66.4% of Tuesday’s slide. The Jun 5 Weekly 206 – 209 put spread on the exchange-traded fund prints for 35c, 80000X on CBOE. It appears that a buyer is opening a position and maybe setting [...]
SPDR Financial Fund June 24.5 puts are among today’s most active options. With shares down 28c to $24.58, more than 77K traded and the flow includes a 50K lot, sold at 28c per contract. Open interest is 102K contracts and the flow is likely closing. Trade history show the bulk were opened last week and [...]
Active trading in the iShares Small Cap Fund. The ETF is down $1.43 to $123 on turnover of 28M shares. 208K calls and 285K puts traded in the product so far. While Weekly 123 puts, Jun 118 puts, and Weekly 120 puts are actively traded, the biggest options blocks are on the call side of [...]
Opening action in July puts on the Greece ETF. Shares are down 3.9% to three-week lows of $11.87 and it appears that buyers are paying 60c per contract for the Jul 10 puts. 2,546 traded against 14 in open interest.
Higher put volume in the Deutsche Bank China CSI 300 Fund as shares rally to new highs. The ETF, with top holdings like Ping Insurance, Haitong Securities, and China Minsheng Banking, is up 3.7% to $54.01 after the long weekend and has now rallied nearly 150% from the lows seen a year ago. On the [...]