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SPDR S&P Biotech (XBI) $156.66 -2.42%

Bearish bet on the biotech ETF. With XBI down $4 to $156.5, an investor is apparently selling 2,000 Dec 170 calls to buy 2,000 Dec 130 – 150 put spreads. If so, $1.50 is being paid and the three-way opens the largest blocks of open interest in options on the ETF.

September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $93.94 +0.41%

SPDR Energy Fund fell to three-month lows this morning, but is now up 28 cents to $93.84. On the options front, an Oct 91 – 93 put spread on the ETF is sold at 75 cents, 28000X. It probably rolls a block of puts down in strikes after the recent decline in shares. Similar activity [...]

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Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $24.17 -1.63%

Weekly (9/26) 22.5 puts on the Russia ETF are the most active options so far today. An investor has been selling the puts this morning at 10 cents per contract across multiple exchanges, according to a source on the exchange floor. ISEE data is also consistent with opening customer selling. More than 63,000 traded at [...]

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iShares 20 plus Year Treasury Bond (TLT) $113.79 -0.69%

iShares Long-Term Bond ETF sees increased activity. Treasuries are under pressure today and the yield on the benchmark ten-year is spiking to 2.6% for the first time since late-July. The weakness comes on the heels of in-line Retail Sales numbers and ahead of a Sep 17 FOMC announcement. TLT gapped at the open and is [...]

September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $44.22 -0.76%

The largest options prints so far today are in the iShares Emerging Markets Fund. With shares down 30 cents to $44.26, a 2X3 put ratio spread was initiated as 35,000 Nov 42 puts traded on the ETF at 62 cents and 52,500 Nov 39 puts at 25 cents. Both traded mid-market, but the spread is [...]

September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $94.77 -0.16%

SPDR Energy Fund sees a second day of put spreads. Oct 95 puts on the ETF were rolled down to the Oct 93s yesterday (See 9/10 color). With shares down 44 cents to $94.48 today, the Oct 95 – Nov 92 put spread on XLE is sold at 55 cents, 25000X. It also appears to [...]

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iShares US Real Estate (IYR) $73.05 -0.29%

DJ Real Estate ETF Sep 72.5 puts are among today’s most actives. With shares down 18 cents to $73.08, more than 40,000 contracts changed hands. The flow includes an 18000-lot for 33 cents on CBOE when the market was 27 to 34 cents. 15,300 more traded after that for 44 cents. The contract is .8% [...]

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iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) $20.14 +1.00%

Market Vectors UK ETF sees sizeable trades. The stock is up 18 cents to $20.12 and a 20000-lot of Oct 21 calls trades for 15 cents when the market was 5 to 20 cents and then another 10,000 printed for 15 cents. 31,125 traded total and the flow create substantial new open interest in EWU. [...]

September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) $115.62 +0.38%

625,000 puts traded on the iShares Small Cap Fund. That’s nearly 4X greater than the number of call options traded on the ETF (168K). One player bought 37,500 Sep Quarterly 110 puts on IWM for 53 cents and bought 25,000 Sep 110 puts for 19 cents. The same trade printed again when 37,500 of the [...]

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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $44.39 -0.80%

The day after one player opened the Sep 42 – 43 put spread on EEM, 104000X (see 9/9 color), the Oct 42 – 43 put spread on the ETF is drawing interest today. An investor bought the spread for 20 cents, 25000X, and then it traded against for 20 cents, 25000X. If my math is [...]

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