Yesterday we saw institutional options players enter the market aggressively from the bullish side in two European focused ETFs, Vanguard Europe (NYSEArca: VGK) and iShares MSCI EAFE (NYSEArca: EFA).

VGK tracks the MSCI Europe index, and top holdings are companies including Nestle, Vodafone, HSBC, BP, and Novartis while EFA has a 63% weighting to Europe, and many of the individual equity holdings in common with VGK.

By and large, the trend yesterday in these two ETFs was call selling and put selling, which is certainly construed as bullish by market participants.

VGK is flirting with price levels not seen since last August as is EFA.

It is possible that these options players are comfortable with the current valuations at these price levels in Europe, and are positioning for near term potential upside in European equities, or some possible exogenous event to occur that prompt any upside.

In fact, as discussed above in our Options Recap, some market observers believe that some options traders are speculating on some kind of coordinated actions from the central banks, a “rescue package” if you will, to emerge in the near term, and are using these options positions to leverage exposure to upside.

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