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iShares MSCI Brazil Capped (EWZ) $40.23 +2.08%

Big print in the Brazil Fund. EWZ is up 83 cents to $40.24 and moving higher along with global equity markets Tuesday. In options action, a 49500-lot of Apr 39 puts trades on the ETF for 88 cents when the market was 87 to 88 cents. Looks like an opening buyer and maybe rolling out [...]

March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $22.36 +2.52%

Active trading continues in the Russia ETF. Aug 25 calls saw opening activity Friday (see 3/14 color). Shares have rebounded 64 cents to $22.45 today after Putin signed an order recognizing Crimea’s sovereignty following a weekend referendum. On the options front, March 20 puts on RSX have traded 43,397 contracts against 48,918 in open interest. [...]

March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) $118.19 +0.55%

Big print in the small cap fund. IWM is up 73 cents to $118.27 and the Mar 118 – Apr 119 call spread is bought on the ETF for 75 cents, 50000X. The spread probably closes a block of Mar 118 calls (at $1.23 today) that was opened on 2/26 for $1.86 when IWM was [...]

March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $21.80 +3.56%

Bold trade in the Russia ETF ahead of the referendum in Ukraine. The fate of Crimea is decided this weekend and, despite fears about the potential for escalating violence, an investor bought a 24000-lot of RSX Aug 25 calls on RSX for 87.5 cents per contract. 27,256 contracts traded on the day.

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) $65.07 -0.29%

MSCI EFA Fund draws unusual activity. The ETF is down 17 cents to $65.09 and an investor sold 130,000 June 45 puts on EFA at 6 cents and bought 80,000 Sep 45s for 34 cents. The Jun puts probably close from 9/18 when a buyer was paying 38 and 42 cents. The Sep 45 puts [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $38.45 +0.68%

Big print in the Emerging Markets Fund. EEM is up 31 cents to $38.50 and one player is buying the Mar 39.5 – Apr 39 put spread on the ETF for 23 cents, 125000X. The Apr 39s open and the Mar puts probably close (at $1.24 today) from last month when the same contract was [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares China Large Cap (FXI) $33.09 -2.13%

Heavy volume in iShares China ETF as shares trade near 8 month low. Nearly 300K contracts on the tape, including 50K March 36 reversal-conversions trading (a financing trade) at noon and more recently a large strangle seller in June opening up a new position. Initiator sold the June 32.5-34.5 strangle 20000x for a 2.55 credit [...]

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Industrial Select Sector (XLI) $51.57 -1.38%

Repeat activity in the Industrials ETF. Shares are down 72 cents to $51.57 and, like yesterday, the Jun 46 – 51 put spread is bought on the ETF, 25000X. $1.02 was paid yesterday and the investor is paying $1.23 today. The activity over the last two days is creating the largest blocks of open interest [...]

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) $26.84 +2.72%

Gold miners are shining. The Market Vectors Gold ETF is up 73 cents to $26.86 after gold rallied $21 to $1367.5 Wednesday. On the options front, an investor was selling a hefty 24600-lot of GDX Jun 16 calls today at $10.72 and buying 24,700 Jun 20 calls for $6.86. The action in the Jun 20s [...]

March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Industrial Select Sector (XLI) $52.16 -0.44%

SPDR Industrials attract higher put volume. The ETF is down 20 cents to $52.19 and an investor is apparently paying $1.02, for the Jun 46 – 51 put spread on XLI, 24000X. It’s opening and maybe a hedging strategy. XLI is up 3% in the past month, but basically flat year-to-date. The group saw relative [...]

March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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