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Henry Schwartz

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Henry is the president of Trade Alert LLC, a provider of real-time options analysis tools to leading Wall Street firms. His systems analyze hundreds of thousands of transactions per second to help professionals identify and interpret market activity in real time, supporting informed trading decisions and intelligent idea generation. He has held institutional trading and management roles with Bank of America, Bear Stearns, Salomon Brothers and the Hull Group, and made markets on the CBOE and AMEX floors in the US, and EUREX and MONEP overseas. Prior to founding Trade Alert, he led the electronic market-making group at Bank of America coincident with the launch of the International Securities Exchange.

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Broad Indexes Bracing for a Volatility Spike?

By Henry Schwartz

One player in the options market last week committed significant capital in a trade takes advantage of current volatility levels and may indicate a view that action will may get more interesting in the weeks ahead.

10:24AM 06/09/14

Too Many Bulls in the Room

By Henry Schwartz

On one bullish/bearish table I compiled we actually ran 'short' of bearish names, an unusual occurrence and one that I take as a warning sign for 'frothy' action.

01:08PM 04/10/14

GM Options Flow Suggests Confidence in Shares

By Henry Schwartz

Despite the negative headlines and weakness in shares, the order flow in GM seemed decidedly bullish throughout much of last week and the increased options activity comes ahead of several potential catalysts.

10:46AM 03/31/14

Bulls Are Back in Town

By Henry Schwartz

After a brief (one day!) dip on concerns about events in the Ukraine, US markets quickly resumed their bull run, with just a few names setting new 52-week highs during yesterday's trading.

09:54AM 03/06/14

5 Names Seeing Bullish Options Flow

By Henry Schwartz

There has been very light index and ETF volume this week, while single stock option volume is holding strong, trading slightly above normal. I believe this is a healthy sign for the industry, as it suggests less macro concern and more 'old fashioned' research into the fundamentals that contribute to share value.

01:05PM 02/27/14

Henry Schwartz Analysis: 5 Names Seeing Bullish Options Flow

By Henry Schwartz

Since 'greed' is now in the driver's seat (maybe fear stepped out to put chains on the tires), we are seeing several names with aggressive bullish option flow in the form of upside call buying coincident with increasing open interest and lifting IV.

12:25PM 02/13/14

Timely Call Buying in AUY

By Henry Schwartz

It's not entirely clear what motivated the surge in interest in March 9 calls on Yamana Gold, but the timing was good because the contract has doubled in value from the prices seen Friday morning.

02:20PM 02/10/14

Analysis: J. C. Penney Outlook Based on Debt Trading and Options Flow

By Henry Schwartz

Debt trading is less transparent than equity or options, but one trader I spoke with said the debt was implying a better chance of survival for JCP than he would have expected so I may look for an upside trade in JCP.

12:27PM 01/31/14

Options Flow Suggests Bullish Activity in Shares of Facebook

By Henry Schwartz

One player in the options market seems to be anticipating positive news and opened a sizable spread trade on the stock ahead of the announcement.

03:04PM 01/27/14

Henry Schwartz Analysis: 5 Names Seeing Bullish Flow

By Henry Schwartz

The old adage 'don't fight the tape' seems to be in force at the moment, with several names seeing bullish flow this week that might warrant a long view, outright or in an outperformance type of strategy.

01:32PM 01/16/14

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