Call Volume Explodes on the XLF
Shares of the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) are moving higher this morning. Currently, the ETF is up 1.21%, trading at $16.34. After a historic move from the Federal Reserve yesterday and a subsequently historic rally, options traders are after upside calls en masse.
The heaviest action is coming on the October $16 call, where over 270,000 contracts have traded on open interest of 215,271. The orderflow has been consistent and heavy:
It started with the purchase of 42,964 Oct $16 calls, on the offer, for $0.12. This was followed by the purchase of 99,999 calls for $0.12. Finally, 100,999 calls were purchased, on the offer, for $0.12.
Overall historical volatility popped two points along with yesterday’s move, currently registering 13%. Implied vol has remained steady, at 16%. At $0.12, the Oct $16 calls traded at 17% vol.
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