OPTIONS

Hot Option Plays: Fed Watch – Daily Markets

CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) is off .42 to 18.51. Trading in the options market is a bit lighter-than-normal, with about 2.9million calls and 2.8million puts traded across all the exchanges through 11:30am ET. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters …

Knight Capital Options Imply Huge Volatility after Glitch – Barron’s Online

The options market is pricing Knight Capital Group’s (KCG) stock like it is a radioactive mess more likely to decline than advance. With the stock down 22% following trading system problems that distorted the price of about 150 New York … Continue reading

Binary options trading – Stock Markets Review

Selecting the right underlying asset to trade is a crucial part of the binary options market. At first, you might think all assets are the same, but this is not true. While their charts might look the same superficially, you … Continue reading

Hot Option Plays: Pre-Fed Chop Continues – Daily Markets

J&J’s record of $69.53 was set last week. One player in the options market seems to be anticipating new highs for the healthcare giant going forward. A 16,000-contract block of JNJ January 2014 calls at the 77.5 line was bought … Continue reading

FOREX-Euro up vs dollar, yen before Fed, ECB, but investors wary – Reuters UK

Nervous investors await ECB action after Draghi comments * Fed’s two-day meeting begins * Options market show bias for euro puts * SNB reserves show lofty euro holdings By Julie Haviv NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – The euro rose … Continue reading

Nasdaq Options Decidedly Bearish After UBS Report – Wall Street Journal

Nasdaq options volume jumped to nearly six times the daily average … UBS accused Nasdaq of a “gross mishandling” of the stock-market float. Nasdaq shares are down 1.9% at $22.73. The stock is down 7.3% this year. Facebook shares are …

Options Traders Gird for End of Facebook Lockups – Marketwatch

Options traders are betting Facebook Inc.’s shares will … of rules that temporarily barred early investors from selling more shares into the market. About 1.99 billion shares of Facebook will become available for trading before the end of …

Options Traders Gird for End of Facebook Lockups – Wall Street Journal

Options traders are betting Facebook Inc.’s shares will … of rules that temporarily barred early investors from selling more shares into the market. About 1.99 billion shares of Facebook will become available for trading before the end of …

Unusual Option Activity – Dendreon Corp. – Marketwatch

Option activity is currently seven times the company’s daily average of 11,000 contracts. By far the largest trade saw an investor purchase the August 7 call-6 put strangle 10,000 times for $1.36 and sold the November 7 call-4 put strangle … Continue reading

Finance-sector ETF option trade suggests pullback in shares – Reuters UK

One of the top trades in the options market on Monday was a December $11-$13 put spread, and possibly a hedge initiated in the Financial Select Sector SPDR fund ahead of a week full of event risk. The fund’s shares … Continue reading