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Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $21.80 +3.56%

Bold trade in the Russia ETF ahead of the referendum in Ukraine. The fate of Crimea is decided this weekend and, despite fears about the potential for escalating violence, an investor bought a 24000-lot of RSX Aug 25 calls on RSX for 87.5 cents per contract. 27,256 contracts traded on the day.

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) $65.07 -0.29%

MSCI EFA Fund draws unusual activity. The ETF is down 17 cents to $65.09 and an investor sold 130,000 June 45 puts on EFA at 6 cents and bought 80,000 Sep 45s for 34 cents. The Jun puts probably close from 9/18 when a buyer was paying 38 and 42 cents. The Sep 45 puts [...]

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $38.45 +0.68%

Big print in the Emerging Markets Fund. EEM is up 31 cents to $38.50 and one player is buying the Mar 39.5 – Apr 39 put spread on the ETF for 23 cents, 125000X. The Apr 39s open and the Mar puts probably close (at $1.24 today) from last month when the same contract was [...]

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iShares China Large Cap (FXI) $33.09 -2.13%

Heavy volume in iShares China ETF as shares trade near 8 month low. Nearly 300K contracts on the tape, including 50K March 36 reversal-conversions trading (a financing trade) at noon and more recently a large strangle seller in June opening up a new position. Initiator sold the June 32.5-34.5 strangle 20000x for a 2.55 credit [...]

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Industrial Select Sector (XLI) $51.57 -1.38%

Repeat activity in the Industrials ETF. Shares are down 72 cents to $51.57 and, like yesterday, the Jun 46 – 51 put spread is bought on the ETF, 25000X. $1.02 was paid yesterday and the investor is paying $1.23 today. The activity over the last two days is creating the largest blocks of open interest [...]

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Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) $26.84 +2.72%

Gold miners are shining. The Market Vectors Gold ETF is up 73 cents to $26.86 after gold rallied $21 to $1367.5 Wednesday. On the options front, an investor was selling a hefty 24600-lot of GDX Jun 16 calls today at $10.72 and buying 24,700 Jun 20 calls for $6.86. The action in the Jun 20s [...]

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Industrial Select Sector (XLI) $52.16 -0.44%

SPDR Industrials attract higher put volume. The ETF is down 20 cents to $52.19 and an investor is apparently paying $1.02, for the Jun 46 – 51 put spread on XLI, 24000X. It’s opening and maybe a hedging strategy. XLI is up 3% in the past month, but basically flat year-to-date. The group saw relative [...]

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iShares US Real Estate (IYR) $68.17 +0.01%

Dow Jones Real Estate ETF sees spread trading. IYR is up 6 cents to $68.22 and an investor bought the Mar 67 – Apr 65 ps on the fund for 21 cents, 3125X this morning on AMEX. The same spread was bought for 20.5 cents, 10000X on PHLX as well. It appears to be rolling [...]

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Industrial Select Sector (XLI) $52.28 -0.93%

SPDR Industrial ETF sees increased put activity. Shares are down 46 cents to $52.31. 30,000 calls and 1,450 puts traded on the fund. Mar 52 puts are the most actives, with 15,438 traded against 3,636 in open interest. Looks like buyers are paying 30 – 35 cents to open. Similarly, March (end of month) Weekly [...]

March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Oil Services (OIH) $48.68 -0.73%

Put buyers drill into the Oil Services ETF. Shares are down 40 cents to $48.64 and 5000-lot of Mar 49s trade on OIH for an average of 72.5 cents when the market was 65 to 75 cents. 12,047 contracts traded on the day against 105 in open interest. Higher crude oil and natural gas prices [...]

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