Archive for the ‘Options’ Category

Update to Apple Open Interest Chart

September 19, 2013

Here’s an update to yesterday’s open interest chart for AAPL. You can see that the calls had about a 1% drop in overall open interest yesterday, as AAPL charged higher:

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Open interest decline would suggest to me that options writers wanted less exposure and bought to close them out. I don’t know if that is accurate, so somebody correct me if not. Another small datapoint in the fade OI camp.

Options Open Interest Over Time

September 18, 2013

As I’ve been collecting data from the OCC, I’ve created a database of the daily open interest numbers in all calls and all puts for each of the S&P 500 names. Now that I’ve got almost a months worth, here’s a couple of charts I found interesting. These show the open interest numbers for the September expiration, coming up this Friday. The first is for AAPL, which shows call OI accelerating over put OI over the last few days:

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Compare that with the daily chart over the last 30 days, which has steadily fallen:

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The next is for GOOG, and it shows that call and put OI’s crossed over at the end of August:

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At the same time, GOOG was trending upward:

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As with all data mining, I’m scratching my head to figure out what it means and if there’s any alpha there. It looks like you would want to fade the increases in OI from these charts. Leave a comment if you have any ideas of the meaning of these charts or other data that would be useful to mine out.