Trading Update for iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM)

Posted on 03/07/2012 by Jane Lacave

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- iShares Russell 2000 Index options contracts experienced a new 3-month record for both call and put contracts where a total of 303,662 call and 741,833 put contracts were traded in the busy trading session. The contract spread yielded a 2.44 put/call ratio.

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Options can be used as predictors of stock behavior. Investors can use put/call ratios as technical indicators to read for signs of institutional sentiment. The put/call ratios offer insight to investors and can be used as either a direct or contrarian indicator for trading decisions. Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

iShares Russell 2000 Index is trading at $78.74, down $1.60 (1.99%) in today's trading session. The daily low is $78.41 and the high is $79.62. The trading volume of 80M is above the average volume of 49M shares. IWM is trading below the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $60.09 and 52 week high is $86.81. Performance indicators show that the stock has lost -4.30% within the last week.


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