SPDR Gold Shares Options (GLD): Unusual Trading Activity

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

GLD OptionsOptions in the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) lit up our radar with enormous volume right at the close yesterday.  And it continues this morning.

Our tracking system is showing heavy put buying concentrated on the GLD May $143 strike contracts.

Here’s the kicker.

Yesterday one trader came in and purchased 20,000 contracts of this May strike for an average price of a mere $0.07 a share.

That’s a long way to the downside in a very short period of time.

In fact, if gold prices do continue to fall at a rapid rate like we’ve seen, this trader will come into some hefty profits.

Even though this strike is close to 8 points out of the money, our tracking system still calculates a 30% probability of this trader making money by the end of the week.

That’s just incredible!  To have that high of a probability in only three days time.

So, what could this be telling us about gold prices?

Historically, as the market moves lower, gold prices usually move higher.  However, during the last few weeks, this has not been the case.

With as much trouble we’re seeing in the equity markets lately, most investors are astonished this inverse correlation is not more pronounced.  In other words, gold should be soaring.

And with the GLD not being able to catch a bid, investors are worried that this thesis of an inverse correlation to the market is just plain broken.

But the fact remains, with the GLD trading at $151 a share, it’s very troubling that option traders actually feel that a $143 price tag can be possible in four days.

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Marcus Haber is the co-editor of Options Trading Research and boasts well over a decade of real-life options experience. Learning from some of the biggest names in the business, Marcus has served as an Options Strategist for a number of firms and was also appointed to the Options Advsiory Board with Pershing, a branch of the Bank of New York.