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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $212.08 +0.13%

SPY Weekly 214 calls are today’s most actives. The ETF is up 35 cents to $212.16 and near session highs. The top trade at that strike is a sweep of 15700 contracts for 6 cents shortly after the opening bell when the market was 4 to 6 cents. It appears that opening buyers have been [...]

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $211.85 +0.02%

The largest options block through midday Wednesday is a 50000-lot of Mar 203 puts on the SPDR 500 Trust. Shares are up 3 cents to $211.84 as the theme of narrow trading continues for another day and the puts were sold as part of a Mar 200 – 203 – 206 put fly for 20 [...]

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) $20.87 +2.20%

Hefty spread in the Market Vectors Gold Mining Fund. Shares are up 40 cents to $20.82 and the Jan 24 – 27 – 30 call butterfly on the ETF is bought for 28 cents, 7000X. If opening, the spread is targeting a rally to $27 (+30%) through early-2016. The expiration breakevens of this fly are [...]

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR Fund (XLY) $76.09 +0.48%

Big spread in the Consumer Discretionary ETF as shares notch new highs. XLY is up 32 cents to $76.05 and the investor is apparently selling a 10000-lot of Mar 75 calls at $1.49, to close, while buying-to-open 20,000 Apr 78 calls on the ETF for 51 cents per contract. If so, the adjustment is expressing [...]

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Semiconductor (SMH) $56.22 -0.18%

Another big block of puts on the Market Vectors Semi ETF. Shares are off 9 cents to $56.23 and a 50000-lot of Apr 55 puts on SMH trades for 1.35 on CBOE when the market was 1.20 to 1.35. It’s similar to big blocks of Mar puts that traded in the product (see 2/12 and [...]

February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $40.28 -0.96%

The largest options block Monday is a 38400-lot of Jun 35.5 puts on the iShares Emerging Markets Fund. It was part of a spread. The investor sold the June 35.5 – 37.5 (2X1) put ratio spread on EEM at 13 cents, 19200X (bot the 37.5s, sold the 35.5s). The position is opening and maybe a [...]

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) $29.17 +0.41%

Four-way spread in the iPath VIX Short-term Fund appears to be an adjustment. With shares up a dime to $29.15, an investor is apparently buying the Mar 30 – 35 call spread on VXX, to close, while selling-to-open Apr 30 – 35 call spreads, collecting 10 cents on the package, 20849X. The Mar 30 – [...]

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond (JNK) $39.56 +0.03%

Repeat action in the High Yield Bond Fund. JNK is flat at $39.55 and a 10000-lot of Jun 40 calls on the ETF is bought for 24 cents per contract. It appears to be adding to positions opened on 2/12, when 10000 were bought for 21 cents, and the week before that when 24,000 were [...]

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return (OIL) $10.98 -3.09%

Bearish flow in the iPath S&P Crude Oil Total Return Fund. The ETF is off 30 cents to $11.03 and the focus is on Jun 9 puts, including a 2000-lot for 45 cents when the bid-ask was 40 to 45 cents. 11,966 now traded against 8,474 in open interest. A big block of Mar 10 [...]

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Oil Services (OIH) $35.82 -1.49%

Puts on the Market Vectors Oil Services Fund lead calls nearly 10:1. With the ETF down 50 cents to $35.86, a 23100-lot of Weekly (3/27) 32 puts on OIH is bought for 40 cents per contract. It opens. 25,170 traded at that strike. Weekly (2/27) 34, Weekly (3/27) 36.5, and Jul 33 puts are the [...]

February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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