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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $196.00 +0.55%

Another decent sized trade in the SPYders. With shares now up $1.07 to $196, 100K of the Dec Quarterly 213 calls traded for 17 cents. 35,000 traded on the ISE and are opening (firm-to-firm), according to ISEE data. Some appear to be part of Dec 108 – 113 call spreads. Still seems to be part [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $196.00 +0.55%

Big print in the SPYders is possibly a closer. With the ETF up 98 cents to $195.91, an investor buys a 280,000-lot of Dec 211 calls on the SPY for 17 cents per contract. It might close from just a few days ago when the Dec 206 – 211 call spread traded in similar quantities [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Utilities Select Sector (XLU) $44.33 +0.52%

SPDR Utility Fund hits 52-week highs. With shares up 21 cents to $44.31, Nov 44 puts on the ETF were swept across multiple exchanges this morning for 69, 70, 71, and 72.5 cents per contract. Customers are buying-to-open, according to data from ISEE. More than 27,000 traded at that strike. The contract is 31-cents out-of-the-money [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $84.63 -1.48%

Massive put spread opened on energy ETF. Initiator paid 1.46 for 46400 XLE Dec 75-82 put spreads as XLE traded near 85.05. Premium exceeds $6.7M for a position that could reach maximum value of 32.5M if XLE were to decline another 12% to the 75 strike over the next two months. XLE was over $100 [...]

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Industrial Select Sector (XLI) $53.32 +2.36%

Massive strangle in the industrials ETF appears to adjust recent hedge. With XLI near $53.31 a trader bought 50K Dec 54 calls and also bought 34700 Jan 50 puts, laying out nearly $8 million in premium. Puts open a new position, and the calls appear to close the short leg of the Dec 48-54 risk [...]

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Semiconductor (SMH) $49.00 +1.58%

Market Vectors Semiconductor Fund sees increased options activity. Shares are up 80 cents to $49.04 and the investor buys 7,500 Nov 43 – 46 put spreads on the ETF for 35 cents and sells 5,000 Nov 41 – 45 put spreads at 25 cents. The Nov 44 – 46 ps opens and the Nov 41 [...]

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $21.10 +0.14%

Rolling activity in the Russia ETF. With shares up 5 cents to $21.12, the investor sells the Weekly (10/24) 21.5 – Weekly (11/14) 21 put spread on the ETF at 7 cents, 40438X. It appears to close (short) Weekly 10/24 21.5 puts (for 51 cents today) that were opened on a couple of weeks ago [...]

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) $110.00 +0.96%

Nov 103 – 108 put spread on the Small Cap Fund. The ETF is up 90 cents to $109.85 and it looks like a buyer paid $1.06, 15000X. Separately, the Weekly (11/7) 106 – 110 put spread on IWM is bought for $1.21, 6300X. Yesterday saw noteworthy opening activity in the Nov 105 – 107 [...]

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares Russell 2000 Value (IWN) $94.54 -0.69%

IWM Nov 102 – 105 put spread for 43 cents, 40000X on CBOE. With shares down 88 cents to $109.65, looks like a buyer and maybe to hedge the risk of short-term weakness in the small caps. Nov options expire in 30 days. The 105-strike on IWM is 4.2% out-of-the-money.

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $40.89 -0.29%

iShares Emerging Markets Fund Dec 42.5 – 45 call spread is sold at 42 cents, 42000X. Looks like a closer and covering positions opened last week, which included notable buying interest for 65 and 66 cents on 10/14. EEM is down 8 cents to $40.93 today and has lost 1% since that time. Liquidating of [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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