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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $43.80 +0.25%

Big print in the Emerging Markets Fund Friday morning. Shares are up 14 cents to $43.83 and a 50000-lot of May 41 puts on the ETF is bought for 12 cents per contract. It might close or maybe adding to the nearly 60K that were opened last Friday (see 4/17 color).

April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Global X Uranium (URA) $11.95 +4.37%

Globex Uranium ETF with relative strength and opening options action. Shares are up 4% to $11.91 and have rallied 10.4% since Tuesday. On the options front, the top trade in URA today is a sweep of 1,500 Oct 11 calls for $1.60 when the market was 1.35 to 1.6. More than 2,000 traded at that [...]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Semiconductor (SMH) $56.72 -0.89%

Sizable put buyer in the Semiconductor ETF. SMH is off 55 cents to $56.68 amid weakness in the sector and an investor buys a 10,000-lot of May 53 puts on the ETF for 22.5 cents per contract (vs. 130K shares for 56.40) and then another 20000 traded for 20 cents (vs. 220K shares at 56.62). [...]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Taiwan (EWT) $16.55 +2.80%

Big buyer of short-term calls on the Taiwan ETF. The fund is up 2.8% to $16.55 in active trading of 5.9 million shares and rallying to multi-month highs today on reports China’s security regulators are studying the possibility of a stock-trading link between Shanghai and Taipei. With EWT within a few pennies of Sept 2014 [...]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Financial Select Sector (XLF) $24.32 +0.16%

Big print in the SPDR Financials. With shares up 4 cents to $24.32, an investor sells a 40000-lot of Jun 24 puts on XLF at 39 cents per contract (vs. shares at 24.33 on a 41 delta). It might close some positions opened last week when the Jun 23 – 24 put spread on the [...]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ) $57.97 -0.38%

$7 million profit on WisdomTree Hedged Equity Fund options? It appears so. An investor is selling 20,000 May 52.22 – 57.22 call spreads on DXJ at $4.30 today and trade history shows the same spread was bought-to-open for 76 cents in early-Jan (with shares at 47.50). Shares are off 22 cents to $57.97 today, but [...]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) $35.49 -1.17%

Call seller in XHB likely closes second largest block of open interest. Trader sold 14K June 37 calls for 48c, outright, as XHB traded near 35.69. Similar size traded yesterday in June 40 calls, bought for 10.5cents that opened. June 37s date back to early Feb when buyer paid 82c for the June 37-40 call [...]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

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

SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) $35.98 -0.25%

Call buyer in the SPDR Homebuilder ETF ahead of reports on existing sales today (10:00) and new home sales tomorrow. With shares flat at $36.07, a 14000-lot of June 40 calls on XHB is bought for 10.5 cents per contract. It might be a closer, as trade history shows a buyer of 14,000 Jun 37 [...]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More