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  • What's next, the 'Cortisol Index'? optionMONSTER - 39 minutes ago

    A recent study and several articles about it have highlighted the role of physiology in trading. We have discussed the role of strategy, logic, and psychology in the markets, but physiology has often been ...

  • Options and high-frequency trading optionMONSTER - 3 hours ago

    There has been much talk lately of high-frequency trading (HFT) and what it does--or doesn't--mean to the markets and retail traders. The big issues and arguments make me more thankful than ever that I ...

  • Why you need to understand volatility optionMONSTER - 4 hours ago

    Volatility trading may sound like a complex and obscure strategy, but it is important because every option trade is also a volatility trade, whether intentional or not. All options have a volatility expectation ...

  • Bulls aren't done in EOG Resources optionMONSTER - 22 hours ago

    EOG Resources has been running steadily higher, and one big investor is looking for the gains to continue. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program detected the purchase of some 8,500 May 100 calls ...

  • Videocast: Huge straddle in VIX optionMONSTER - 23 hours ago
  • Large volatility play targets Zoetis optionMONSTER - 23 hours ago

    A large trader is looking for a big move up or down in shares of animal-health company Zoetis. More than 13,000 ZTS options have traded so far today, compared to a full-session average of just 456 contracts ...

  • Midday index, ETF option volumes optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:44 PM EDT

    Total option volume is strong at more than 8 million contracts so far today, with some bullish sentiment showing in the big indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER data systems. More than 1.1 million ...

  • Largest option trades in equities optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:38 PM EDT

    Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM): Some 6,800 April 20 calls were sold for $0.60 to $0.75 as investors took profits on in-the-money positions before expiration. TSM rose 2.78 percent to $20.71. Western Digital ...

  • Insmed attracts bullish call spread optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:15 PM EDT

    A call spread is looking for a rally in biopharmaceutical company Insmed. optionMONSTER systems show that a trader bought 2,473 June 15 calls for $1.66 and sold 4,946 June 20 calls for the bid price of ...

  • Sharp move seen in regional banks optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:32 AM EDT

    A large trader is betting on a sharp move higher or lower in the S&P 500 Regional Banking Fund. optionMONSTER systems show that 10,100 KRE options have changed hands so far today, compared to the daily ...

  • Stocks in range as earnings flow optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

    Stocks are little-changed this morning as investors digest major corporate results after yesterday's broad rally. S&P 500 futures up fractionally after climbing for the last hour. European markets are ...

  • Tech fund attracts big upside bet optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:16 AM EDT

    Bullish option traders are targeting the SPDR Technology Fund, which includes big names such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system detected heavy buying in the June 38 calls ...

  • Pullback brings bulls back to Endo optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:45 AM EDT

    Endo International has had a huge pullback, and the bulls are piling in. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program detected the purchase of 3,000 January 60 calls for $8 yesterday, plus the sale of ...

  • Ultra Petroleum draws call buyers optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:14 AM EDT

    Traders are turning bullish on Ultra Petroleum ahead of its earnings report in two weeks. More than 2,000 May 28 calls were bought for $0.15 and $0.20 yesterday, according to optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker ...

  • Bull buys more time for Vale to rally optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:47 AM EDT

    A large four-way trade is bullish on Brazilian metals and mining company Vale, which reports earnings at the end of this month.   optionMONSTER systems show that 10,000 each of the April and May 14 and ...

  • GE, Goldman, jobless claims on tap optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:16 AM EDT

    Earnings and jobless claims are the main events on today's calendar. Trading will likely be light with markets closed tomorrow for Good Friday. General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, DuPont, ...

  • Equities extend streak; VIX near 14 optionMONSTER - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:45 AM EDT

    The major equity indexes extended their winning streak to a third consecutive session yesterday, driving the CBOE Volatility Index back near 14. The S&P 500 climbed 19.33 points, or 1.05 percent, to close ...

  • Traders look for JetBlue to take off optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT

    JetBlue Airways reports earnings next week, and the bulls are piling on board now. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program detected the purchase of 5,000 May 9 calls for $0.25 and the sale of an ...

  • Videocast: VIX pits focus on May optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:25 PM EDT
  • Bulls like Skyworks before earnings optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:02 PM EDT

    Skyworks Solutions is attracting bullish option activity ahead of its earnings report next week. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system shows that more than 4,000 May 37 calls were bought this morning, mostly ...

  • April VIX contracts settle at 14.67 optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:54 AM EDT

    The April VIX futures settled at 14.67, right in the middle of where the spot volatility index was in the first minutes of today's session. That is the price that the April options will be based priced ...

  • Why trader is selling SouFun calls optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:26 AM EDT

    One investor apparently sees limited upside in Chinese real-estate company SouFun over the long term. optionMONSTER systems show that a trader sold 2,750 January 2016 15 calls for $3.40 on a wide bid/ask ...

  • Futures rise, halting recent slide optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:14 AM EDT

    Stocks are climbing this morning, boosted by Chinese data and following a potentially pivotal turn yesterday afternoon. S&P 500 futures are up more than 0.5 percent, while the Nasdaq is up almost 1 percent. ...

  • Call buyers bet Delta will fly again optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:16 AM EDT

    Delta Air Lines reports earnings next week, and the bulls are getting on board early. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker program detected the purchase of more than 12,000 June 34 calls for $1.24 to $1.26 yesterday. ...

  • Bulls roll with Reynolds American optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 6:45 AM EDT

    Reynolds American exploded higher in February, and one big investor apparently thinks that the momentum remains bullish. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program detected the purchase of some 4,600 ...

  • Is Canadian Solar's slide ending? optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 6:14 AM EDT

    A large put sale is betting that the steep decline in Canadian Solar is finally ending. optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the sale of 3,000 July 25 puts at the same second for the bid price of ...

  • Range play targets Turquoise Hill optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 5:47 AM EDT

    A large trade is looking for Turquoise Hill Resources to remain range-bound in the next month. Blocks of 5,000 contracts were sold in both the May 3.50 calls and puts for $0.25, optionMONSTER systems show. ...

  • Earnings, housing data on docket optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 5:16 AM EDT

    Today's calendar includes earnings from Bank of America and Google, plus housing data. In addition to BAC, Huntington Bancshares, PNC Financial, and St. Jude Medical announce results this morning. GOOG ...

  • VIX drops as equities end higher optionMONSTER - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:45 AM EDT

    Equity indexes finished higher yesterday after another session of wide swings, pushing the CBOE Volatility Index lower. The S&P 500 climbed 12.37 points, or 0.68 percent, to 1842.98. The SPX fell sharply ...

  • Range Resources given room to run optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:19 PM EDT

    Range Resources has been grinding higher, and one investor wants to give room to run. optionMONSTER's tracking programs detected the purchase of 2,242 April 92.50 calls for $0.15 and the sale of an equal ...

  • Videocast: VIX on eve of settlement optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:08 PM EDT
  • Volatility play targets Coca-Cola optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:09 PM EDT

    Shares of Coca-Cola are jumping today, while an odd combination trade is designed to profit from volatility.   KO is up 3.51 percent to $40.09 following better-than-expected quarterly results this morning. ...

  • Trader sees Comcast holding firm optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:18 AM EDT

    A large trader apparently believes that Comcast will hold firm at current levels for the next several months. optionMONSTER systems detected the sale of 4,000 October 47 puts in one print for $2.35 this ...

  • Stocks higher as earnings flow optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:11 AM EDT

    Stocks are pushing higher and are trying to hold their ground as earnings season gets underway in earnest. S&P 500 futures are up about 0.3 percent. Europe is fractionally lower but has been gaining in ...

  • Energy bulls take aim at Ensco optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:16 AM EDT

    Energy was strong yesterday, and the bulls were looking for a pop in ocean driller Ensco. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking system showed that more than 11,000 May 52.50 calls were bought, mostly for ...

  • Hillshire pullback draws buyers optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:45 AM EDT

    Hillshire Farms has pulled back to a key level, and the bulls are stepping in. optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the purchase of 2,000 October 38 calls for $1.35 and the sale of an equal number ...

  • Bearish play in Weight Watchers optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:14 AM EDT

    Traders are positioning for a possible drop in Weight Watchers to all-time lows. More than 5,000 July 15 puts were purchased yesterday, mostly for $0.70 and $0.75, according to optionMONSTER's Depth Charge ...

  • Huge call sale targets Autodesk optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 5:47 AM EDT

    A huge call sale is positioning for limited upside in Autodesk. optionMONSTER systems show that a block of 25,000 May 55 calls was sold for the bid price of $0.22 yesterday. Open interest in that strike ...

  • WellCare sees show of support optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 5:16 AM EDT

    A trader is betting that WellCare Health Plans will hold current levels for the next two months. optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the sale of 2,500 June 60 puts for the bid price of $2 yesterday. ...

  • Intel, Yahoo, inflation on docket optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:45 AM EDT

    Today's agenda includes a variety of economic headlines and corporate results, including those of Intel and Yahoo. European trade numbers and Germany's Zew survey of economic sentiment come out early in ...

  • Late-day rally drives VIX lower optionMONSTER - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:14 AM EDT

    Equity indexes regained some ground yesterday in a roller-coaster session that ended with a late surge, driving the CBOE Volatility Index lower. The S&P 500 rose 14.92 points, or 0.82 percent, to 1830.61. ...

  • Bulls pile in as Halcon surges optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    Energy is surging again today, and sentiment is especially bullish toward Halcon Resources. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program shows that traders have snapped up more than 8,000 July 6 calls ...

  • Videocast: VIX 16 level targeted optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT
  • SBA seen holding firm this week optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 1:02 PM EDT

    Short-term options are looking for SBA Communications to hold current levels this week. About 3,500 April 85 puts have been sold today for $0.05 and $0.10, according to optionMONSTER's tracking systems. ...

  • Big play bets on Carnival rebound optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:09 PM EDT

    A huge call trade is bullish on cruise-line operator Carnival. optionMONSTER Heat Seeker system detected the sale of 17,186 January 36.50 calls for $3 against previous open interest of 19,055. At the same ...

  • Workday gets a vote of confidence optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:14 AM EDT

    One trader apparently believes that losses will be limited in shares of human-resources service company Workday. More than 3,500 May 65 puts have traded so far today in volume above previous open interest ...

  • Stocks bounce on Citigroup results optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT

    Stocks are climbing this morning after Citigroup's first-quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. S&P futures are up more than 0.5 percent after previously being little-changed, while C is up 3.5 ...

  • Exco faces large downside play optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:16 AM EDT

    Exco Resources saw a nice pop on the long side recently, but now traders are looking for a drop. optionMONSTER's tracking programs detected the purchase of more than 4,700 June 5 puts for $0.20 on Friday. ...

  • Bears take aim at Weyerhaeuser optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 6:45 AM EDT

    Weyerhaeuser is drawing bearish option activity ahead of the lumber company's earnings report in less than two weeks. About 4,000 May 28 puts were purchased mostly for $0.85 and $0.90 on Friday, according ...

  • Traders stay bullish on InterPublic optionMONSTER - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 6:14 AM EDT

    Investors continue to like InterPublic Group. The advertising firm has been the target of bullish call buying on multiple occasions in the last two weeks, and Friday's activity continued the bullish theme ...

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