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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $40.06 +1.60%

Active trading in options on the iShares Emerging Markets Fund. The ETF is up 62 cents to $40.05 and 275,000 puts and calls traded in EEM, which is nearly double the normal levels. The flow consists of 141,000 calls and 131,000 puts as well as a big three-way spread. An investor sold 20000 Mar 42 [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Italy Capped (EWI) $13.75 +1.33%

Increased options action in the iShares Italy ETF ahead of tomorrow’s ECB rate decision. EWI is up 18 cents to $13.75 and the top trade on the fund is a 5,500-lot of Jun 15-strike calls for 35 cents when the market was 25 to 40 cents. More than 6,400 traded at that strike and today’s [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $203.24 +0.59%

Big Fly in SPY might be a position adjustment. With shares up $1.21 to $203.26, the Weekly (1/23) 190 – 195 – 197 put butterfly spread on the ETF trades for 3 cents, 25000X. While the 197-strike puts open, the other two legs might close. Open interest in the 95s is 96,539 and the 50,000-block [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) $22.44 -2.18%

Bullish spread tading in the Market Vector Gold Mining Fund 2016 options for a second day. The Jan2016 30 – 40 call spread on the ETF was bought-to-open for $1.28, 14000X, yesterday. Shares are down 54 cents to $22.40 today and the same spread trades for $1.01, 14800X. It appears to be a repeat buyer [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) $34.15 -2.76%

Large put blocks in VIX Futures ETN. Customer sold 10K 2/6 31 puts at 18cents tied to 220K shares at 33.8818 at noon today, opening a new position. Earlier today a trader sold 5500 1/30 31 strike puts at 32cents tied to shares at 34.85, and another large trade was a ratio in which a [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

IShares MSCI Germany (EWG) $27.79 +0.43%

Big print in the iShares Germany Fund ahead of tomorrrow’s ECB rate decision. Shares are up 17 cents to $27.84 and a 34,000-lot of EWG Apr 30 calls is bought for 35 cents per contract. The opening position doesn’t appear tied to shares (but a block of 700k shares printed a bit earlier at $27.82). [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Financial Select Sector (XLF) $23.47 +0.34%

Notable options print in the SPDR Financials. Shares are up 15 cents to $23.54 and a 40000-lot of Jun 24 calls on the ETF trades at 73 cents on ISE when the market was 73 to 79 cents. A customer sold-to-open, according to ISEE data, and the new position is tied to 1.7 million shares [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

PowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio (BKLN) $23.89 -0.08%

PowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio Feb 23 puts sold at 11 cents, 10000X. The ETF is down 2 cents to $23.89 and the new position in downside puts seems to be expressing confidence that shares will hold above $23 over the next 30 days and or the investor is willing to buy shares at that price [...]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) $33.12 -1.58%

Bearish prints in the homebuilder ETF. XHB is off 50 cents to $33.15 after NAHB reported that an index of homebuilder sentiment fell 1 point to 57 this month, which was 1-point below expectations. Builders are seeing relative weakness and a Feb 30 – 32.5 put spread on the homebuilder ETF trades for 47 cents, [...]

January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) $22.82 +2.98%

Bullish three-way spead in 2016 options on the Market Vectors Gold Mining Fund. The ETF is up 84 cents to $24 in active trading of 11.6 million shares after gold gained $10.5 to $1287.5. On the options front, one player sold 10,000 Jan2016 15 puts on GDX at $1 to buy 10,000 Jan2016 23 – [...]

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