Trading Update for iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM)

Posted on 05/01/2013 by Evelyn Greenberg

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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 618,381 put and 178,508 calls were traded where call contracts outnumbered puts 0.3:1, yielding a 3.46 ratio.

Options can be used as predictors of stock behavior. Investors can use put/call ratios as technical indicators to read for signs of institutional sentiment. The put/call ratios offer insight to investors and can be used as either a direct or contrarian indicator for trading decisions. Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

Shares of IWM closed at $91.82 during the previous session. During the session, the stock hit a low of $91.76 and high of $93.90. The current trading volume of 115M is greater than average volume of 37M shares. IWM is trading below the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $72.94 and 52 week high is $94.96. To date, the stock has gained 4.79% within the last quarter.

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