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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

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc (ISIS) $51.08 +0.04%

Interesting trading activity in Isis Pharmaceuticals. The stock is up 60 cents to $51.55 and the investor is apparently selling Jul 65 calls on the biotech to buy Jul 40 50 put spreads, for 10 cents on the three-way, 2840X. It will create the largest blocks of open interest in the name and is expressing [...]

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $180.25 -1.38%

Big print in the SPDR Trust. SPY is down $2.50 to $180.27 and a Weekly (1/31) 179.5 – 183 (2X1) put ratio spread trades on the ETF at 54 cents, 40000X on ISE. The investor is rolling a position down in strikes and opening a hefty new position in 80,000 Weekly 179.5 puts for 92 [...]

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More Options Recap – 12/05/2013

The S&P 500 is down for fifth day and, although GDP and Weekly Jobless Claims were better-than-expected, the underlying tone of trading remains cautious ahead of the payroll report. The yield on the benchmark ten-year Treasury is ticking beyond 2.85 percent and some market watchers are worried that tomorrow’s data could fuel another spike in [...]

December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Increased Action in CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX)

CBOE VIX Index option volume heavy in early trading today. 250,000 contracts in first hour is twice normal and the busiest morning since volume collapsed after setting records during the latest debt ceiling crisis last month. VIX spot is up 3% to 12.92 as the senate confirmation of Janet Yellen is underway and SP futures [...]

November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More

National Bank of Greece SA New (NBG) $6.35 +8.45%

National Bank of Greece (NBG), a stock that nobody wanted to touch with a 10-foot gyro just a few months ago, continues it’s recent surge. The stock is up another 50 cents, or 8.5 percent, to $6.34 in heavy trading of 14.3 million shares. 162,000 calls and 7,800 puts traded in NBG so far. Recent [...]

October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More Options Recap – 09/23/2013

Stock market averages are lower, but without much news to guide investors Monday. No economic data or earnings reports were released. Crude oil dropped $1.37 to $103.38 and gold gave up $4.5 to $1328. Financials are seeing relative weakness on a cautious story in the Financial Times for Citigroup, which is trading down 3.2 percent. [...]

September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More Options Recap – 09/20/2013

Stock market averages slumped, with some market watchers blaming Fed Reserve Bank President James Bullard for the uptick in volatility. In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Bullard said officials might begin to reduce bond purchases as soon as October. With no economic data or earnings of broad market significance, there hasn’t been much other news [...]

September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More Options Recap – 09/19/2013

Market action has turned mixed heading into the second half of trading Thursday. The economic numbers were mostly positive. Philli Fed, Existing Home Sales, and Jobless Claims were all better-than-expected. Yet, market averages struggled at the open, after moving to record highs on the Fed announcement Wednesday afternoon. Some market watchers are bit puzzled by [...]

September 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More Options Recap – 09/11/2013

It’s a mixed up day with not much volatility in the S&P 500, which has traded in a 9-point range and is up 3.26 points to 1687.25. IBM is helping the price-weighted Dow to a triple digit gain, but 5 percent loss in Apple (AAPL) is weighing on the NASDAQ, which is down 4.8 points. [...]

September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More