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Utilities Select Sector (XLU) $44.92 +0.79%

SPDR Utility ETF options volume is 2.5X daily average, led by a spread trade. With shares up 35 cents to $44.92, the Mar 46 – Apr 45 put spread on XLU is sold at 19 cents, 26000X. The investor bought April to open and is probably rolling out a hedge an additional month. Utilities have [...]

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iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) $65.73 +2.32%

Rolling action in the Europe, Far East, Australasia ETF. Shares are up $1.49 to $65.73 and an investor buys 18,000 EFA Mar 65 calls for 78 cents and sells 36,356 Apr 66 calls at 66 cents. The Mar 65 calls probably cover a position to avoid assignment at expiration, now that the contracts are in-the-money [...]

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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $210.86 +1.10%

Bullish trade in the SPYders as shares take a stab at record highs. The ETF is up $2.34 to $210.90 and back within striking distance of the record close of $211.99 from March 2nd. One player seems to be anticipating additoinal gains through the next expiration, buying the Apr 217 – 218 call spread on [...]

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SPDR S&P Biotech (XBI) $236.92 -0.34%

Put spread driving heavy volume in Biotech Spyder. Initiator paid 2.90 for the Ap210-225 put spread, outright, opening.

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ProShares Ultra VIX Short Term Futures (UVXY) $14.46 -8.02%

Whopper of a trade in ProShares short-term VIX ETN. Customer paid $5.10 for 105K 9 puts expiring Jan 2017. Jan17 is the longest-dated term listed, and with premium near $54 million, the buyer may be looking for UVXY to continue to exhibit the contango-related decline associated with ETNs that roll futures positions. The block, executed [...]

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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $209.85 +0.62%

Big prints in the SPYders early as an investor opens a new position. Shares are up $1.16 to $209.72 and the investor bought 10,000 May 199 puts on SPY for $1.65, sold 20,000 May 192 puts at 91 cents, and bought 30,000 May 181 puts for 38 cents. If opening (199s might close), the spread [...]

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CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) $105.97 +1.22%

Currency Euro Shares Fund sees early action. The ETF is up $1.23 to $105.92 as the euro attempts to recover some of the losses suffered Thursday. On the options front, one player appears to be looking for another decline over the next six months. The FXE Sep 95 – 100 put spread trades for 77 [...]

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iShares 20 plus Year Treasury Bond (TLT) $131.33 -0.12%

iShares Long-term Bond fund sees interest in the wake of yesterday’s FOMC announcement. Shares are off 32 cents to $131.17 after rallying to one-month highs Wednesday afternoon. A 9400-lot of Apr 128 puts on TLT trades for $1.09 this morning when the market was 1.04 to 1.11. More than 10,000 traded and the flow seems [...]

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SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $207.17 -0.38%

SPYder volume is running about 20% below normal levels, but puts outpace calls more than 2:1. Roughly 290,000 calls and 612,000 puts traded on the ETF so far. The biggest trade is a Mar 202 – 205 put spread for 67 cents, 30000X. Open interest is sufficient to cover, but the spread is possibly a [...]

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Select Sector SPDR Energy Fund (XLE) $75.92 +0.76%

SPDR Energy Fund Jun 64 – 72 put spread, 15500X. A buyer paid $1.70 and is opening a new position. The ETF is up 40 cents to $75.75 and seeing relative strength despite another day of losses in crude, which took a stab at $44 per barrel today for the first time since March 2009. [...]

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