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United States Oil Fund LP (USO) $19.55 +4.99%

Heavy trading in US Oil Fund as shares extend a winning streak. The ETF is up $1 to $19.60 on volume of 71.5 million shares and has rallied 17.5% since falling to new lows Thursday. 235,000 calls and 297,000 puts traded on the ETF. The top trade is a closing seller of 23545 Feb 16.5 [...]

February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $79.65 +2.30%

Hefty trade in the SPDR Energy Fund. Shares are up $1.81 to $79.67 and on a four-day 6.6% run higher. An investor appears to be anticipating additional upside for the energy names and bought a June 84 – 89 call spread on XLE for $1.70, 55000X. The expiration breakeven of the spread (at 85.7) is [...]

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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $203.62 +0.84%

Big print in the SPYders. Shares are up $1.82 to $203.74 and on a two-day 2.1% advance to start the month of February. An investor appears to be looking for additional upside in the weeks ahead and bought a 67000-lot of Mar 215 calls on SPY for 30 cents per contract. More than 84,000 traded [...]

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ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20 plus Year Treasury (TBT) $38.58 +0.84%

(Note resending with corrections) Interesting play in the Proshares UltraShort Long-term Bond Fund. Shares are up 21 cents to $38.47 and an investor is opening a position in the March options on the ETF: selling 7,500 March 41 calls on TBT at 80 cents, buying 12,500 Mar 45 calls for 28 cents, and buying 20,000 [...]

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ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20 plus Year Treasury (TBT) $38.60 +0.89%

Interesting play in the Proshares UltraShort Long-term Bond Fund. Shares are up 21 cents to $38.47 and an investor is opening a position in the March options on the ETF: selling 7,500 March 41 calls on TBT at 80 cents, buying 12,500 Mar 45 calls for 28 cents, and buying 20,000 Mar 38 puts for [...]

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PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) $100.75 -0.35%

PowerShares QQQ puts are busy today. Shares are off 16 cents to $100.94 and the top trade on the ETF is a 28000-lot of Apr 98 puts for $2.56 when the market was 2.52 to 2.54. More than 30,900 traded against 1,288 in open interest. The market is now 2.6 to 2.61. Feb 101 and [...]

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iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) $61.76 +0.88%

Apr 52 – 58 put spread on the Europe, Far East, Australasia ETF. A buyer paid 58 cents, 22900X and is opening a new position with shares up 46 cents to $61.68. It appears to be a rather deep out-of-the-money protective strategy. The expiration breakeven of the spread (at 57.42) is 6.9% below the current [...]

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Financial Select Sector (XLF) $23.10 +0.39%

Hefty premium seller in the financial ETF. Shares are up 12 cents to $23.13 and a 40000-lot of Jun 23 calls on the fund is sold at $1.04 per contract (tied to 23.14 on a 53 delta). Open interest is 6,038. The contract is 13 cents in-the-money and the new positions today seem to be [...]

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United States Oil Fund LP (USO) $17.79 +6.65%

Big move in the US Oil Fund. Crude is up nearly $3 to $47.50 and USO jumps 7.5% to $17.95. Expiring Weekly (1/30) 17 calls are the most actives in the ETF. 17,700 traded, including a 4350-lot at 41 cents when the market was 40 to 50 cents. Looks like a closing seller. Open interes [...]

January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iShares 20 plus Year Treasury Bond (TLT) $137.55 +1.24%

Big print in the Long-term Bond Fund. TLT is up $1.82 to $137.69 and setting new record highs in the wake of disappointing GDP numbers. On the options front, a Feb – Mar 128 put spread on TLT trades for 44 cents, 50000X. It appears to be rolling a block of (long) puts out one [...]

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