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iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) $122.93 -1.21%

Active trading in the iShares Small Cap Fund. The ETF is down $1.43 to $123 on turnover of 28M shares. 208K calls and 285K puts traded in the product so far. While Weekly 123 puts, Jun 118 puts, and Weekly 120 puts are actively traded, the biggest options blocks are on the call side of [...]

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Global X FTSE Greece 20 (GREK) $11.85 -4.05%

Opening action in July puts on the Greece ETF. Shares are down 3.9% to three-week lows of $11.87 and it appears that buyers are paying 60c per contract for the Jul 10 puts. 2,546 traded against 14 in open interest.

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Deutsche X trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A Shares (ASHR) $54.06 +3.78%

Higher put volume in the Deutsche Bank China CSI 300 Fund as shares rally to new highs. The ETF, with top holdings like Ping Insurance, Haitong Securities, and China Minsheng Banking, is up 3.7% to $54.01 after the long weekend and has now rallied nearly 150% from the lows seen a year ago. On the [...]

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Brazil Capped (EWZ) $34.48 -2.13%

Active trading in the options on the Brazil Fund as shares drop 2% to one-month lows of $34.52. The top options trade on the ETF is a Jan 40 – 44 call spread for 63c, 12000X on ISE. A customer is buying-to-open, according to ISEE data, and apparently looking for Brazil’s equity markets to rally [...]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (XOP) $50.53 -1.02%

Opening action in Weeklys on the SPDR Oil and Production Fund. Shares are down 44c to $50.61 and a 9000-lot of May 29 Weekly 50 puts on the ETF trades for 46c when the market was 42 to 46c. 10.2K traded at that line against 468 in open interest. The action seems to be expressing [...]

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iShares China Large Cap (FXI) $49.84 -0.40%

Call buyer in China Large Cap ETF closes month-old position. Buyer on the AMEX paid 8c for 20K July 64 calls, outright, as shares traded $49.75. Appears to close block of same size opened on April 29th when same size traded for 29c as part of the June – July 60-64 call spread swap that [...]

May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR Fund (XLY) $76.99 +0.14%

SPDR Consumer Discretionary Fund Jun 74 – Jul 75 put spread is bought for 67c, 20000X. Like yesterday, the activity appears to be rolling positions to July from June. Monday’s flow created more than 100K in new open interest in the July 75 puts on the exchange-traded fund.

May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) $116.45 -0.91%

Big options blocks are being opened in the SPDR Gold Fund June Quarterly options. With shares down 94c to $116.58, the 123 – 125 call spread on the exchange-traded fund is bought for 18 cents, 38000X. The new position has an expiration breakeven at $123.18 per share or a 5.6% rally in gold through the [...]

May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Financial Select Sector (XLF) $24.85 +0.61%

Upside call buyers in the Jun 5 Weekly 25 calls on the financial ETF. With shares up 15c to $24.85, a 20000-lot is bought for 19c per contract. More than 24K traded at that line vs. 296 in open interest.

May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR Fund (XLY) $76.69 +0.13%

Big prints in the Consumer Discretionary Fund appear to be a position adjustment. Shares are up 9c to $76.68 and the investor bought 49K Jul 75 puts on the exchange-traded fund for $1.22 and sold 100K Jun 73 puts at 34c. The Jul 75s open and the other leg might be closing, as open interest [...]

May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More