Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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SPY IWM Put Volume Jumps Monday

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A quick note to let you know that SPY and IWM August put volume jumped Monday. As shown in the edited options scan below, Friday’s (7/26) call/put volume was fairly even with calls having a slight lead. Then suddenly, Monday’s (7/29) put volume increases dramatically relative to the call volume. For SPY, the put/call ratio of near strike option volume was nearly 2 to 1 and IWM was over 2 to 1. (more…)

Unusual Put Activity In XHB (SPDR Homebuilders)

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My options scanner has picked up unusual put activity in XHB. Take a look below and you will see that there already is a sweet setup with a large put open interest compared to the call open interest. However, what really stands out is that there was 37061 near strike put activity for a near put open interest of 50479. That is a huge potential shift in the near put open interest. (more…)

A Mini Kahuna Trade – Go Long DBA

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Ok, right off the bat, this trade is not for most people. It is a high risk, high reward type of trade that my options scanner has picked up. There is supporting evidence by the options configuration, Bank Participation report and Commitment of Traders report, but the chart looks terrible (commodities are in a bear market after all – or are they still?). So at some point this summer, DBA may go ballistic, but it is a roll of the die when and by how much. (more…)