NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Political turmoil in Greece has
hit its financial markets hard, and traders in the U.S. options
market are positioning for a further fall in Greek stocks as the
country heads to a snap election that could determine whether it
leaves the euro zone.
There are few choices for investors who want narrow exposure
to Greece in U.S. markets, but one, the Global X FTSE Greece 20
exchange traded fund, which tracks the Greek equity
market, has seen more active trading in the options market as
traders position for more upheaval.
Huge volume on BlackBerry shares and options in first five minutes of trading. About 8 million shares and 21K options change hands. $BBRY
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Options activity in BlackBerry Ltd jumped after a Reuters report that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had approached the Canadian company about a possible takeover deal.
Call volume on BlackBerry options swelled to about four times normal after the report that Samsung had approached BlackBerry about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion.
NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Surging U.S. stock-market
volatility ahead of the earnings season is leading traders to
lock in some gains in some big-cap companies that recently hit
all-time highs, strategists said on Wednesday.
Investors have grown worried about weak global growth and
falling commodities prices, and drops in the S&P 500 stock index
reflect that concern. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX,
has jumped above 22, a sign of elevated anxiety.