Options Activity In The Retail ETF Showing A Potential Breakdown

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January 28, 2010 10:06pm ETF BASIC NEWS NYSE:XRT

empty-shopping-cart“The XRT retail exchange-traded fund is struggling to hold support at $34.50, and one big investor is positioning for a potential breakdown.  OptionMONSTER’s Depth Charge tracking


 program detected a single purchase of 15,000 June 33 puts for $1.54 against open interest of 3,746 contracts. The trade accounted for almost all the activity in the fund so far today,” David Russell Reports From Option Monster.

Russell Continues To Say, “The SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) fund is off 0.48 percent to $34.97 in morning trading but is up3.2 percent in the last three months, compared with the S&P 500’s 4.6 percent gain. The relative weakness contrasts with the March-September period, when the ETF outperformed the broader market by 23 percentage points.”

“Today’s put buyer will earn a profit if the fund declines at least 10 percent by June expiration. The next scheduled events that could affect the retail sector is the release of consumer sentiment data at 9:55 a.m. ET tomorrow and January same-store sales figures on Feb. 4. XRT’s largest holdings include Amazon.com, Netflix, and J. Crew,” Russell Reports.

Here are some details on the the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT):

The investment (XRT) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before expenses, the performance of an index derived from the oil and retail segment of a U.S. total market composite index. The fund uses a passive management strategy to track the total return performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry index. The index represents the retail sub-industry of the S&P Total Market index.The fund is nondiversified.

TOP 10 HOLDINGS ( 18.31% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) 2.2
BUCKLE INC (BKE) 1.73
The Children’s Place Retail Sto (PLCE) 1.8
J CREW GROUP INC. (JCG) 1.87
LIMITED BRANDS INC (LTD) 1.78
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) 1.96
PetSmart, Inc (PETM) 1.72
SAFEWAY STORES INC (SWY) 1.75
WALGREEN CO (WAG) 1.74
Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFMI) 1.76

Chart for SPDR S&P Retail (XRT)

Here is a look at the June PUT activity:

PUT OPTIONS Expire at close Fri, Jun 18, 2010
 
Strike Symbol Last Chg Bid Ask Vol Open Int
18.00 XRY100619P00018000 0.03 0.00 0.02 0.05 0 142
19.00 XRY100619P00019000 0.04 0.00 0.04 0.07 0 114
20.00 XRY100619P00020000 0.07 0.00 0.05 0.08 0 115
21.00 XRY100619P00021000 0.07 0.00 0.07 0.10 0 91
22.00 XRY100619P00022000 0.10 0.00 0.09 0.13 0 181
23.00 XRY100619P00023000 0.42 0.00 0.12 0.17 0 80
24.00 XRY100619P00024000 0.16 0.00 0.17 0.20 0 39
25.00 XRY100619P00025000 0.25 0.00 0.22 0.25 0 1,348
26.00 XRT100619P00026000 0.34 0.00 0.28 0.32 45 288
27.00 XRT100619P00027000 0.41 0.00 0.37 0.41 0 614
28.00 XRT100619P00028000 0.37 0.00 0.49 0.52 0 2,163
29.00 XRT100619P00029000 0.70 0.00 0.63 0.66 240 690
30.00 XRT100619P00030000 0.84 Down 0.06 0.80 0.83 10 5,811
31.00 XRT100619P00031000 1.00 0.00 1.02 1.05 4 4,574
32.00 XRT100619P00032000 1.29 Up 0.26 1.29 1.32 157 2,746
33.00 XRT100619P00033000 1.65 Up 0.09 1.62 1.65 40 3,746
34.00 XRT100619P00034000 2.04 Up 0.01 2.00 2.04 440 2,140
35.00 XRT100619P00035000 2.42 0.00 2.46 2.50 0 10,498
36.00 XRT100619P00036000 3.01 Up 0.19 2.99 3.05 40 5,848
37.00 XRT100619P00037000 3.55 Down 0.05 3.60 3.70 47 1,289
38.00 XRT100619P00038000 4.35 Up 0.05 4.30 4.40 33 494
39.00 XRT100619P00039000 5.00 0.00 5.05 5.15 12 1,038
40.00 XRT100619P00040000 5.70 Up 0.24 5.85 6.00 30 894
41.00 XRT100619P00041000 5.80 0.00 6.60 6.85 0 414
42.00 XRT100619P00042000 7.20 0.00 7.50 7.80 0 427
43.00 XRT100619P00043000 7.65 0.00 8.45 8.75 0 84
44.00 XRT100619P00044000 8.35 0.00 9.40 9.70 0 72
45.00 XRT100619P00045000 9.45 0.00 10.40 10.70 0 65
46.00 XRT100619P00046000 9.95 0.00 11.35 11.65 0 72
47.00 XRT100619P00047000 11.15 0.00 12.35 12.65 0 23
48.00 XRT100619P00048000 12.30 0.00 13.35 13.65 0 19
49.00 XRT100619P00049000 13.40 0.00 14.35 14.65 0 11
50.00 XRT100619P00050000 14.35 0.00 15.35 15.65 0 76
51.00 XRT100619P00051000 15.30 0.00 16.35 16.65 0 261

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