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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $196.99 -0.37%

Sizable early spread in the SPDR 500 Trust. SPY is down 19 cents to $197.53 ahead of this week’s flood of earnings and economic news, which includes GDP numbers, an FOMC policy update, and a monthly jobs report. In early options action, an Oct 187 – 192 put spread trades on SPY for $1.06, 20600X [...]

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

IShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped (REM) $12.63 +0.00%

Bearish trading in the iShares Mortgage ETF. Shares, which hold a basket of REITs that hold residential and commercial mortgages, are flat at $12.83 and one player opens a 4100-lot of Jan 11 puts on REM for 25 cents per contract. 5,003 now traded against 308 in open interest. The interest comes ahead of an [...]

July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $44.64 -0.71%

Interesting spread in the Emerging Markets Fund. EEM is off 25 cents to $44.71 and the investor is apparently selling 22,00 Dec 39 puts on the ETF at 55 cents, buying 22,000 Dec 46 calls for $1.25, and selling 44,000 Dec 49 calls at 35 cents. If so, they’re selling Dec 39 puts to buy [...]

July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares US Home Construction (ITB) $23.55 -2.73%

Sizable call spread on iShares Homebuilder ETF. Shares are down 64 cents to $23.57 on dismal New Home Sales numbers today and the investor sells 18,000 Weekly (7/25) 23 calls on the fund at 55 cents and buys 18,000 Sep 23 calls for $1.175 per contract. The spread probably rolls a block of expiring (tomorrow) [...]

July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) $68.09 +0.24%

The largest options trade of the day is an 85,300-lot of Oct 64 puts on the EFA fund for 57 cents. It’s an opening buyer. Shares are up 16 cents to $68.09 and the purchase is similar to a 130,000-lot of Oct 42 puts bought on EEM yesterday. The activity seems to be expressing concerns [...]

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $44.82 +1.15%

Oct 42 puts on the Emerging Markets ETF are today’s most actives. EEM is up 49 cents to $44.80 and one player bought a 130,000-lot for 54 cents per contract. A week ago today, an investor bought the Oct 47 – 40 put spread on the ETF for 25 cents, 200000X, which represents the largest [...]

July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $24.67 -2.49%

Puts on the Russia ETF continue to draw interest. Shares are down 64 cents to $24.66 and early trades on RSX include a sweep of 4,258 Aug 23 puts for 30 cents when the market was 20 to 30 cents. Friday saw noteworthy closing trades in July puts on the RSX and an opening block [...]

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares US Home Construction (ITB) $23.56 +0.55%

Bullish trading in the homebuilder ETF. Shares are up 11 cents to $23.54 and 5,840 Aug 24 calls on ITB traded this morning for 40 cents when the bid-ask was 35 to 40 cents. Then another 4,200 printed for 45 cents midday. 10,460 traded total against 21,099 in open interest. Today’s flow appears to be [...]

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $196.42 +0.36%

Active early trading in the SPYders. The ETF is up 60 cents to $196.31 and has retraced 27% of yesterday’s $2.25 loss. 19 million shares and 350,000 options traded in the ETF through the first 20 minutes. The flow includes 275,000 puts and a 14,000-lot of Aug 184 puts for 43 cents, which is the [...]

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares US Real Estate (IYR) $72.41 -0.62%

Put buyer in the DJ Real Estate Fund. The ETF is off 48 cents to $72.38 and a 15,000-lot of Aug 69 puts trade for 12 cents on ISE. A customer is buying-to-open, possibly to hedge a basket of REITs amid today’s uptick in market volatility.

July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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