Examining Block Trading Activity and Options for Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (VGK)

Posted on 06/13/2012 by Peter Mankowitz

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF witnessed an unusual number of call and put contracts exchanging hands during the busy trading session versus the average 10-day contract volume . There were 1.0 call contracts traded for every put contract yielding a 1.02 put/call ratio.

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Put/Call ratio is often used to measure investor sentiment, the ratio serves as a predictor of investor behavior. A high put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bearish and that investors expect the underlying stock to decrease in value. In contrast, a low put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bullish and that the underlying stock is expected to increase in value. Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF settled the day down $0.42 to $40.50 in the previous trading session. Today's trading range was between $40.40 and $40.99 respectively. On the volume side, 2M shares were traded, which is greater than the average volume of 1M shares. VGK is trading below the 50 day moving average and lower than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $38.40 and 52 week high is $54.14. To date, the stock has gained 0.05% within the last week.


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