Large blocks of puts in the Market Vectors Semi ETF appear to be closing trades. The investor is apparently collecting a penny on the Nov 45 – 47 put spread, 20000X, and one-cent on the Nov 43 – 46 ps, 10000X. The Nov 45 – 47 put spread was apparently opened for 27.5 cents on [...]
Increased put activity in US Oil Fund as shares fall to multi-year lows. USO is off 3.3% to $28.2 and a Jan 27 – 28 put spread on the ETF trades at 33 cents, 15000X on ISE. Data from the ISE suggests a roll down in strike prices (closing 28-strike and buying a new position [...]
Market Vectors Oil Service ETF sees increased put activity. The fund is getting drilled for a 3.2% loss after crude oil dropped below $75 for the first time in years. Several lots of Jan 38 puts on OIH traded for 75 and 80 cents when the market was 70 to 80 cents. More than 14,000 [...]
Two of the top trades in recent days, on the slowest week for options volume since the last days of August, recently printed in SPY options. An investor bought the Dec – Dec QTRLY 215 call spread on the ETF for 3 cents, 50000X. The activity might sell-to-close 50,000 Dec 215 calls at 14 cents [...]
10000 Apr 18 calls on the Silver ETF are swept for 27 cents when the bid-ask was 21 to 27 cents. 20000 traded total against 5,603 in open interest, as an investor is probably looking for upside exposure to the metal with April out-of-the-money call options on SLV. Shares are flat at $15.03 and have [...]
Brazil ETF Dec 35 – 36.5 put spread, bought for 21 cents, 10000X. It might roll up in strikes and appears to be a defensive short-term play in EWZ.
Increased put volume in the SPDR Utility ETF as profit-taking hits the sector today. XLU is down 1.7% to $45.45 after making a move back towards record highs Monday and Tuesday. 14,000 puts and 5,900 calls traded in the ETF, being led by Nov and Dec 45 puts. KEP, UIL, EXC, ITC, VE, AVA, OTTR, [...]
Market Vectors Russia ETF Nov 20.5 puts sold at 22.5 cents, 10000X. Looks like a closer.
Another big print in the Wisdom Tree Fund. One player bought a hefty block of Nov 55 calls on the ETF earlier in the session (see 10:40 color). With shares now up 53 cents to $54.14, a Weekly (11/14) – Nov 55 call spread on DXJ is bought for 34.5 cents, 30000X. Both legs appear [...]
Big four-way spread in the Small Cap ETF. IWM is off 29 cents to $117 and, in recent trading on CBOE, an investor was apparently selling 61,400 Dec 98 – 109 put spreads on the fund at 54 cents and buying 61,400 Mar 94 – 106 put spreads for $1.44. The package, for 54 cents, [...]