Examining Block Trading Activity & Unusual Options Volume for ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury

Posted on 03/09/2012 by Peter Mankowitz


NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Block trades serve as a useful indicator for investors trying to understand the sentiment of large financial institutions. A total of 34 block trades were executed today, typically at least 10,000 shares or more represent a single block unit. Further analysis into the trading activity reveals that 318,527 shares were bought and 200,591 shares were sold. The bought/sold ratio for shares of ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury is 1.59, representing a positive net cash flow of $2,292,494 into the stock.

Institutional traders also took positions in options where a total of 74,306 contracts was traded. The put/call ratio equaled 0.25 with 15,033 put and 59,273 call contracts exchanging hands.

On the volume side, 9M shares were traded which is greater than the average volume. ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury is trading above the 50 day moving average and lower than the 200 day moving average. Shares of TBT opened today at $19.42 and settled the day down $0.07 to $19.27 during the session. The day's trading range is between $19.25 and $19.62 respectively. Performance indicators show that the stock has lost -0.21% within the last month.

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