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Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK) $52.89 +0.69%

Vanguard Europe ETF attracts a big call buyer ahead tomorrow’s ECB rate announcement. A 16,660-lot of Feb 54 calls on VGK trades for 60 cents on ISE. A customer bought-to-open, 19K total, according to ISEE data. iShares Germany and iShares Italy ETFs are seeing call buying today as well (see EWG and EWI color). [This [...]

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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $208.74 +0.47%

Big spread in the SPDR 500 Trust with shares up $1 to record highs of $208.77. An investor sells 71,560 of the SPY Dec 2016 185 calls on the ETF at $33.6 per contract. The activity appears to be covering a position opened one year to the day (or 12/26/13) when the same calls traded [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR Fund (XLY) $72.15 +0.43%

Ratio spread in the Consumer Discretionary Fund. The ETF is up 27 cents to $72.11 and notching new highs. An investor sold 10,000 Jan 72 calls on XLY at 95 cents and bought 15,000 Mar 75 calls for 79 cents. It probably rolls a block of in-the-money Jan calls out to Mar and up three [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Utilities Select Sector (XLU) $48.47 +1.04%

Noteworthy trade in the Utility ETF as shares rally to records. XLU is up 53 cents to $48.50 and up 3% in the past two days. One player in the options market is possibly opening a position to help hedge recent gains in the sector. A 37000-lot of Mar 47 puts on XLU trades for [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $208.69 +0.44%

Active early trading in the SPDR 500 Trust as the S&P 500 moves to new highs Friday. SPY is up 68 cents to $208.45 and 23,489 Jan 220 calls on the ETF are swept across multiple exchangres for 4 cents when the bid-ask was 3 to 4 cents. A sweep of 14,790 Jan 222 calls [...]

December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Oil Services (OIH) $36.01 -1.37%

Opening activity in puts on the Market Vectors Oil Services ETF. Shares are down 29 cents to $36.22 amid declining oil prices and weakness in the drillers on news of additional Capital Expenditure cuts from E&P companies. 21,600 Weekly (12/26) 35 puts on OIH trade for a dime when the market was 0 to 15 [...]

December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $79.67 -1.30%

Big print in XLE Weekly (12/26) puts with oil falling to session lows. Crude is off $1.56 to $55.56 heading into weekly inventory data (oil and natural gas both released today). On the options front, a 24000-lot of XLE Weekly 77.5 puts trades for 10 cents on ISE when the market was 0 to 14 [...]

December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $207.80 +0.16%

Sizable early trade in the SPDR 500 Fund. With shares near record highs after adding 43 cents to $207.90, a Feb 196 – 202 put spread on the ETF trades for $1.01, 58000X. A buyer is possibly opening a new position on the view the S&P might suffer a pullback in early-2015. The max payout [...]

December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $15.98 +2.77%

Large late block of puts trade on Market Vectors Russia ETF. Buyer paid 25c for nearly 30K Jan 11 puts late in the day as RSX traded near $15.94. Opens and appears outright, and the 11 strike is nearly 31% out of the money. RSX dipped as lows as $12 this month as oil prices [...]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20 plus Year Treasury (TBT) $46.96 +0.36%

Big print in the Inverse Bond Fund. TBT is up 18 cents to $46.97 and the Jan 43 – 45 put spread on the ETF trades at 32 cents, 10000X. It appears to be rolling a block of puts opened last week when Jan 43 puts were sold to buy a Jan 48 – 50 [...]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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