Block Trading and Options Highlights for iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)

Posted on 11/05/2012 by Norm Sorkin

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Block trades serve as a useful indicator for investors trying to understand the sentiment of large financial institutions. Today, a total of 15 block trades were recorded, typically at least 10,000 shares of stock or more represent a single block unit. Further examination shows that the bought value of the shares was $9,401,853 versus the sold value of $6,407,015. The positive cash flow of $2,994,837 into the stock shows that investors have bullish sentiment.

On the options front, a total of 39,669 contracts were traded. Specifically, 30,724 call and 8,945 put contracts were traded yielding a 0.29 put/call ratio.

iShares MSCI EAFE Index settled the day down $0.12 to $53.56 in the previous trading session. Today's trading range was between $53.39 and $53.66 respectively. On the volume side, 9M shares were traded, which is less than the average volume of 17M shares. EFA is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $46.45 and 52 week high is $55.91. Within the last quarter, the shares have gained 8.88% of their value.

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