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

Posted on 01/29/2013 by Peter Mankowitz

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Block trades help investors understand the sentiment of large financial institutions. A total of 72 block trades were executed during the last trading session, typically at least 10,000 shares or more represent a single block unit. Further analysis reveals that 1,726,637 shares were bought and 3,207,323 shares were sold. The bought/sold ratio for shares of iShares Russell 2000 Index is 0.54, representing a negative net cash flow of $,133,125,284 out of the stock.

Institutional traders also took positions in options where a total of 373,466 contracts was traded. The put/call ratio equaled 4.58 with 306,566 put and 66,900 call contracts exchanging hands.

iShares Russell 2000 Index is trading at $90.05, up $0.05 (+0.06%) in today's trading session. The daily low is $89.65 and the high is $90.16. The trading volume of 32M is below the average volume of 38M shares. IWM is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The technical momentum Relative Strength Index indicator shows overbought conditions. The stock's 52 week low is $72.94 and 52 week high is $90.23. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 11.50% within the last quarter.

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