Henry Schwartz

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.

Recent Articles By The Author

QQQ Year-End Rally

QQQ Year-End Rally

A few noteworthy block trades in QQQ options on the heels of the report seemed to be expressing confidence that the strength will continue through year end.

5 Names Seeing Bullish Options Flow

5 Names Seeing Bullish Options Flow

The recent pause in the broad market rally is a good thing for stock pickers, because option order flow in individual names becomes can be a clear 'tell' in terms of bullish and bearish picks of the larger institutions.

Options Flow Suggests More Upside for Microsoft

Options Flow Suggests More Upside for Microsoft

There are a few possible reasons why players are taking positions in December upside calls and why implied volatility in the options on the stock is moving higher as well.

Demand to Short Twitter

Demand to Short Twitter

Once options prices stabilize we'll be able to see just how strong the demand to get short TWTR may be.

Options Flow Indicates BAC Will Continue to Run

Options Flow Indicates BAC Will Continue to Run

One of the largest trades this year in Bank of America options printed on Wednesday, and one of the largest among all single-stocks YTD, excluding dividend trades.

Facebook vs. Twitter Options

Facebook vs. Twitter Options

It's worth a closer look at FB options flow to gain some insight into how the TWTR IPO is likely to play out.

Bearish GRPN Options Flow Into Earnings

Bearish GRPN Options Flow Into Earnings

Groupon is due to report quarterly results after the closing bell Thursday, and overall options flow seems to be expressing concerns that shares might fall on the results.

Massive Facebook Options Trade Prints Ahead of Earnings

Massive Facebook Options Trade Prints Ahead of Earnings

On the surface, the hefty trade in FB might seem like an outright bearish play.

Sizing Up Investor Sentiment

Sizing Up Investor Sentiment

As the demand for large institutional hedges has faded (for the moment at least), volume in the VIX trading pit has dropped off considerably.

Options Flow Explodes as NQ Falls Down a Mudslide

Options Flow Explodes as NQ Falls Down a Mudslide

Muddy Waters Research made a mess of NQ, sending shares to $10 from $23.