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More Bullish Options Activity Seen In European ETFs

Thursday, March 2, 2017 9:46
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Analyst Paul Weisbruch of Street One Financial brings us his daily fund flows update, which today sees not unexpected U.S. equity fund inflows, along with some bullish options activity in a major European ETF.

SPY inflows have built into the market’s strong rally yesterday following President Trump’s speech to Congress, as we have seen over $3.5 billion into SPY in the past forty-eight hours alone.

In what is likely not coincidental, competing S&P 500 tracker funds IVV (iShares Core S&P 500) and VOO (Vanguard S&P 500) have both seen creation activity recently too, with more than $650 million and $400 million entering apiece.

Similarly, QQQ has seen more than $1 billion enter the fund as well, as major indices traded at new all-time highs once again yesterday on strong trading volume to start the month of March. Elsewhere, like we have mentioned in this column recently, not all of the options activity in XLF (SPDR Financials) lately is strictly call buying, as we have seen some nibbling on downside puts here and there in the product lately. The May 22 puts, for instance, have been somewhat active this week in XLF.

Finally, as we have spoken about upside call buying in several European Equity ETFs in recent pieces, we have seen FEZ (SPDR Euro STOXX 50) May 34 call activity this week, which has a similar bullish tone to previous trading that we cited earlier this week.

The SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF (NYSE:FEZ) was trading at $34.64 per share on Thursday morning, down $0.12 (-0.35%). Year-to-date, FEZ has gained 3.53%, versus a 6.89% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

FEZ currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #6 of 91 ETFs in the European Equities ETFs category.

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