A Closer Look at Today's Options Activity for SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average

Posted on 03/14/2013 by Jane Lacave

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average options set a new 90-day record for the number of call contracts that exchanged hands between the buyers and the sellers. Aggregate volume of puts was 38,852 and calls was 68,563 equating to a 0.57 put/call ratio.

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Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move. Investors can use the put/call ratio statistics to measure trader sentiment. A high put/call ratio suggests that the overall investment sentiment is bearish and that investors expect the underlying stock to decrease in value. Conversely, a low put/call ratio implies that investor sentiment is bullish based on the large amount of call options.

The last trading session witnessed a low of $144.76 and high of $145.35 during the day. Shares of SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average gained $0.86 (+0.60%) to $145.32. The current trading volume of 4M is less than average volume of 5M shares. The technical momentum Relative Strength Index indicator shows overbought conditions. The stock's 52 week low is $120.19 and 52 week high is $144.71. Within the last quarter, the shares have gained 10.39% of their value.

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