Insights on Block and Options Trading Activity for Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB)

Posted on 03/13/2012 by Allen Bersch

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Institutional trading of Materials Select Sector SPDR shares yielded a bought/sold volume ratio of 2.64. A total of 26 block trades crossed the tape, resulting in 364,400 shares on the buy side vs. 138,273 shares on the sell side. From a cash flow perspective, this implies that there was a cash inflow of $13,434,315 and a cash outflow of $5,109,198. The net cash flow for XLB is $8,325,117, demonstrating that institutions may have positive outlook on the stock.

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Institutional traders also took positions in options where a total of 29,031 contracts was traded. The put/call ratio equaled 5.71 with 24,702 put and 4,329 call contracts exchanging hands.

Shares of Materials Select Sector SPDR edged down $0.20 (0.55%) to $36.44. The price of the stock ranged between a low of $36.38 and $36.83 respectively. The trading volume of 5M is below the 90 day average volume of 9M shares. XLB is trading below the 50 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $27.77 and 52 week high is $41.28. Within the last quarter, the shares have gained 8.97% of their value.



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