Insights on Block and Options Trading Activity for iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM)

Posted on 12/12/2012 by Evelyn Greenberg

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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. A total of 96 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 3,224,645 shares were bought and 2,742,920 shares were sold. The bought/sold ratio for shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index is 1.18, representing a positive net cash flow of $40,413,478 into the stock.

On the options side, investors traded a total of 358,056 contracts. Specifically, 85,747 call and 272,309 put contracts were traded yesterday yielding a 3.18 put/call ratio.

Shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index closed at $82.94, down $0.47 (0.56%) in the last trading session. Today's volume of 40M shares is greater than the average volume of 38M shares. IWM is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $70.58 and 52 week high is $86.96.

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