Unusual Trading Activity for iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)

Posted on 01/07/2013 by Edward Connelly

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- A record number of iShares MSCI EAFE Index call contracts were traded during the busy trading session. There were 0.2 call contracts traded for each put contract yielding a 4.25 put/call ratio where 43,702 put and 10,294 call contracts exchanged hands.

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Shares of iShares MSCI EAFE Index edged down $0.25 (0.43%) to $57.22. The price of the stock ranged between a low of $56.94 and $57.28 respectively. The trading volume of 14M is below the 90 day average volume of 16M shares. EFA is trading above the 50 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $46.53 and 52 week high is $57.78. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 8.31% within the last quarter.


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