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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $200.14 -0.04%

Top options trade so far today is a block of deep out-of-the-money puts on the SPDR 500 Trust. The ETF is off 57 cents to $199.64 in the wake of disappointing jobs numbers. A 22600-lot of Feb 160 puts on SPY trades for 96 cents. It appears to be a buyer and maybe adding to [...]

September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More

IShares MSCI Japan (EWJ) $12.02 +0.59%

Longer-term premium seller in the iShares Japan Fund. EWJ is up nickel to $12 per share and the investor sold 25,000 Jan2016 12 calls on the ETF at 90 cents and 25,000 Jan2016 13 calls at 52 cents. They also bought 2.26 million shares for $12.02 and the new position seems to be expressing the [...]

August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $199.68 +0.38%

Put spreads on SPDR 500 Trust. Shares are up 72 cents to $199.64 and setting new record highs. The ETF is now within striking distance of $200 per share as the S&P 500 adds 7.41 points to 1993.92. On the options front, a Quarterly Dec 178 – 195 put spread was bought on SPY this [...]

August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) $87.29 +0.28%

Four-way spread in the SPDR Retail ETF appears to be a position adjustment. With shares up 16 cents to $87.21 on the day, the investor sells the Sep 80 – 85 (2X1) put ratio spread, 10000X (probably closing) and buys the Sep 82 – 87 (2X1) put ratio spread, 10000X (to open). 38 cents was [...]

August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Financial Select Sector (XLF) $22.86 +0.13%

50,000 Sep 22.5 puts trade on XLF for 20 cents per contract on ISE. The block is an opening position traded firm-to-firm, according to ISEE data. The new position is being opened as 30-day implied volatility in XLF options falls to 10.5% and into the 1st percentile of the 52-week range. The recent low was [...]

August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

United States Oil Fund LP (USO) $34.81 -0.71%

US Oil Fund Jan 35 straddle sold at $3.20, 9500X. The ETF is down 25 cents to $34.81 and the opening position seems to be expressing the view USO will hold around $35 through the Jan expiration.

August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

PowerShares QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ) $98.13 +0.75%

Hefty premium purchase in the Qs. The ETF is up 72 cents to $98.12 and an investor bought a 25,000-lot of Jan 106 puts on QQQ for $9.02. It’s tied to 2.5 million shares for $98.10 and appears to be a new position in anticipation of increased volatility in the NASDAQ 100. 50,000 now traded [...]

August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares iBoxx Dollar High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) $94.01 +0.16%

High Yield Bond Fund is up 14 cents to $94 and options volume is 74,000 puts/5,200 calls traded. One player sold 11,310 HYG Sep 93 puts at 65 cents, sold 10,464 Sep 94 puts at $1.05 and sold 2,500 Sep 92 puts at 42.5 cents, while purchasing 5,000 Sep 89 puts for 30 cents and [...]

August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $24.27 -1.42%

Increased put activity and higher implied vols in the Market Russia Vectors Fund. RSX is down 35 cents to $24.27 in active trading of 10.9 million shares on reports of fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces. 39,000 puts and 5,280 calls traded on the ETF. Weekly (8/29) 23 puts, Sep 22 puts, and Jan 23 [...]

August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $195.24 -0.27%

SPY Expiring Aug 195 puts are today’s most actives. SPY came under fire mid-morning on reports Ukraine forces engaged a Russian convoy on Ukrainian soil. SPY, which traded quietly higher at the open, is off .60 to $195.16 and .76% from session highs. 102,093 Aug 195 puts traded on the ETF. SPY Aug 196 puts, [...]

August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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