Options Players Wage on iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)

Posted on 12/21/2012 by Jane Lacave

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Options traders were heavily trading call contracts during the last trading session establishing a new 3-month call volume record. A total of 75,900 put and 9,396 calls were traded where call contracts outnumbered puts 0.1:1, yielding a 8.08 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.

EFA is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. Shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index closed at $56.51, down $0.35 (0.62%) in the last trading session. Today's volume of 22M shares is greater than the average volume of 17M shares.

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