Trading Update for iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)

Posted on 04/08/2013 by Norm Sorkin

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- iShares MSCI Japan Index options contracts experienced a new 90-day record for call contracts where a total of 68,020 call contracts were traded in the busy trading session. The contract spread yielded a 0.06 put/call ratio where 16.0 call contracts were traded for each put contract.

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Unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move. Investors can use the put/call ratio statistics to measure trader sentiment. A high put/call ratio suggests that the overall investment sentiment is bearish and that investors expect the underlying stock to decrease in value. Conversely, a low put/call ratio implies that investor sentiment is bullish based on the large amount of call options.

Shares of EWJ closed at $11.06 during the previous session. During the session, the stock hit a low of $10.95 and high of $11.09. The current trading volume of 57M is greater than average volume of 33M shares. EWJ is trading above the 50 day moving average and higher than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $8.64 and 52 week high is $10.99. To date, the stock has gained 4.18% within the last month.

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