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  • Huntsman Corporation (HUN) $25.02 +2.84%

    Huntsman Corporation (HUN) $25.02 +2.84%

    Huntsman sees higher call volume. The stock is up 70 cents to $25, as the chemicals company adjusts EPS estimates at an Investor Day. 9,527 Mar 25 calls traded on the stock against 12,066 in open interest. The contract saw increasing activity leading up to the event on an institutional trading desk recommendation to buy [...]

    March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • International Game Technology (IGT) $15.17 +1.13%

    International Game Technology (IGT) $15.17 +1.13%

    Opening call buyer bets on International Game Tech. The stock is up 17 cents to $15.17 and an 8000-lot of Jul 17s is bought on the gaming equipment company for 65 cents per contract. 9,307 contracts traded total against 5,056 in open interest. Jul 15 and Mar 16 calls on IGT are also drawing interest [...]

    March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) $6.66 -2.56%

    J C Penney Company Inc (JCP) $6.66 -2.56%

    Four-way spead in JC Penney is possibly a position adjustment. The stock is down 17 cents to $6.67 and the investor sold the Mar 6 – 8 put spread on the retailer and bought the Mar 5 – 7 put spread, collecting 34 cents for the transaction, 13000X. The activity might roll a position down [...]

    January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Equities

Linn Energy LLC (LINE) $27.81 -4.07%

Possible roll in Linn Energy. The stock is down $1.18 to $27.81 and the investor sold 13,750 Apr 28 puts on LINE at $1.30 and bought 24,277 Apr 26 puts for 60 cents. The 28s might close and the 26 puts are opening. Shares are down 17.2% over the past month and the rolling down [...]

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

KLA Tencor Corporation (KLAC) $69.62 -0.57%

KLA Tencor attracts put buyers. The stock is down 42 cents to $69.60 and a 2900-lot of KLAC Apr 70 puts trades for $1.75 when the market was $1.65 to $1.80. Volume at that strike is 3,826 against 873 in open interest. Another 2,012 May 70 puts changed hands and the activity will create new [...]

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Indexes

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $14.38 -8.06%

Active trading in the VIX pit on expiration TUESDAY. The index is down 1.24 to 14.40 and the top trade is a May 22 – 30 call spread for 53 cents, 150000X. It’s opening and maybe to replace something that expired today. Options on the volatility index typically expire on Wednesday, but due to the [...]

March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) $17.85 +10.05%

VIX sees heavy volume. The index is above 17 for the first time in more than a month and 1.7 million contracts traded in the VIX pit. Some of the flow is probably expiration related because the March options expire on Wednesday. The biggest trade, however, is a May – Jul 20 call spread on [...]

March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Small Cap Stocks

AK Steel Holding Corp (AKS) $7.02 +4.78%

AK Steel attracts a put seller. The stock is up 4.9% to $7.03 and leading the steel names higher after updating its first quarter outlook. On the options front, an investor sold a 10000-lot of Jun 6 puts on AKS at 41 cents. It might close from 3/10 when buyers were paying 66 and 70 [...]

March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Insmed Inc (INSM) $18.42 -2.64%

Interesting spread trading in small cap Insmed. The stock is off 48 cents to $18.44 and it looks like an investor is liquidating a position in Mar 20 calls on the biotech at 30 cents and replacing it with the May 25 – 35 call spread for $2.05, 4600X. The stock is up 170% over [...]

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

ETF News

Market Vectors Russia (RSX) $22.40 +0.40%

Market Vectors Russia Fund sees hefty put seller. The ETF is up 12 cents to $22.43 and one player sold 10,000 Apr 20 puts on RSX midday today for 27.5 cents. Later, another 4,500 were sold at 25 cents. Volume at that strike is 18,709 against 5,982 in open interest, as put sellers seem to [...]

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) $39.15 +1.06%

Emerging Markets ETF sees a hefty spread trade. EEM is up 42 cents to $39.16 and the investor sold May 37 puts on the fund at 60 cents to buy the May 40 – 41 call spread for 40 cents, 28000X. The three-way, at 20 cents, appears to be expressing a bullish short-term outlook for [...]

March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Large Cap Stocks

KLA Tencor Corporation (KLAC) $69.62 -0.57%

KLA Tencor attracts put buyers. The stock is down 42 cents to $69.60 and a 2900-lot of KLAC Apr 70 puts trades for $1.75 when the market was $1.65 to $1.80. Volume at that strike is 3,826 against 873 in open interest. Another 2,012 May 70 puts changed hands and the activity will create new [...]

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Facebook Inc (FB) $64.26 -4.43%

Hefty call spread in Facebook. The stock is down $2.96 to $64.28 and the investor bought 31,650 May 65 calls on the social medai company for $5 and sold 56,000 May 70 calls at $3. The spread probably closes a position in May 70 calls opened earlier this month for $4.65 when the stock was [...]

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Flow Monitor Tips

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September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Please Get The eBook About Options Order Flow

Premium subscribers, remember, you should have received a copy of the WhatsTrading guide to understanding options order flow when you signed up. If you did not, please let me know and I will email you a copy. Also, there have been some questions this week about using the flow monitor. Please take a few minutes [...]

August 23, 2013 | 5 Comments More

Options Flow Recaps

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:21 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg FB Facebook Inc 899,254 62.1% 37.9% $60.865 -0.49 AAPL Apple Inc 895,554 62.3% 37.7% $567.89 +43.14 MSFT Microsoft Corporation 261,111 62.7% 37.3% $39.85 +0.16 MU Micron Technology Inc 253,817 74.6% 25.4% $26.155 -0.10 CHK Chesapeake Energy Corp 181,638 94.2% 5.8% $29.22 +0.20 F Ford Motor Company [...]

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 3:01 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C HWAY Healthways Inc 4,337 46 94.28 9.25 RIO Rio Tinto Plc 10,225 323 31.66 0.90 ULTA Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance Inc 4,174 171 24.41 1.00 CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp 3,559 238 14.95 0.85 MSI Motorola Solutions Inc 2,824 199 14.19 0.46 TROW T Rowe Price [...]

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 12:01 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C RIO Rio Tinto Plc 5,118 112 45.70 0.90 ULTA Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance Inc 3,594 120 29.95 1.00 CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp 3,465 161 21.52 0.85 MT Arcelor Mittal 2,752 176 15.64 0.99 ABC AmerisourceBergen Corp 3,915 546 7.17 0.32 LINE Linn Energy LLC 2,640 [...]

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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