Unusual Trading Activity for SPDR S&P Retail (XRT)

Posted on 06/21/2012 by Peter Mankowitz

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- SPDR S&P Retail options set a new 90-day record for the number of call contracts that exchanged hands between the buyers and the sellers. Aggregate volume of puts was 19,755 and calls was 3,150 equating to a 6.27 put/call ratio.

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.

Shares of SPDR S&P Retail closed at $57.56, down $1.36 (2.31%) in the last trading session. Today's volume of 9M shares is greater than the average volume of 7M shares. XRT is trading below the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $43.50 and 52 week high is $63.04.



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