Short-term put sale in Treasury ETF
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
The biggest single trade came right at the closing bell, when optionMONSTER systems show that a trader sold 4,674 Weekly June 111 puts for $0.20. The put seller is betting that the TLT will hold above the $111 strike price through the end of this week, when the contracts expire. This is clearly a new position because the strike's previous open interest was just 585 contracts. (See our Education section)
The TLT fell 0.92 percent finished the day at $113.72, its lowest close in at least a year. Shares were above $124 only a month ago.
The exhange-traded fund has been falling with equities as Federal Reserve officials have discussed tapering the central bank's monetary-easing policies. The correlation between the TLT and the S&P 500 is usually very negative, around -0.8 or lower, but it has risen to 0.6--the highest in a year.