Global ETF draws put buying at highs
Chris McKhann | [email protected]
iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund is seeing heavy action in the January 2014 49 puts today, according to optionMONSTER's Depth Charge system. A trader bought one print of 34,320 for the ask price of $2.11 in volume that was more than 10 times the previous open interest and therefore a new position.
The put buying isn't tied to any trading in EFA shares detected by our systems today. But it still could be a hedge against an existing long position in the fund, as it is a top holding of some major portfolios. It also could be an outright bearish play over the next year. (See our Education section)
The EFA is down 0.4 percent to $57.98 in midday trading, a day after after hitting a 52-week high of $58.23. The exchange-traded fund, which tracks stocks in Europe, Asia, and Australia, has been trending higher for the last six months from below $47.