This page shows equity options with the highest daily volume, with options broken down between stocks and ETFs. Volume is the total number of option contracts bought and sold for the day, for that particular strike price. Trading volume on an option is relative to the volume of the underlying stock. Traders should compare high options volume to the stock's average daily volume for clues to its origin.
When an option has high volume activity, it usually indicates one of three things.
- It may indicate that a major event is about to take place. Traders are looking to cash in on an anticipated jump in the stock's price (one way or the other) and buy options as a result. In this case, you should look to compare the option's volume to the underlying stock's average daily volume. If the underlying stock has a large percent change in price AND a larger than normal volume, that is typically a strong market signal in the same direction as the change.
- Other times, high volume on an options contract may indicate that put buyers are hedging a potential downside risk for a stock whose technicals indicate a sell-off. Many times, these hedges are from a hedge fund or a large institutional trader. If you see high volume on an OTM option, this is usually driven by a hedge.
- And finally, high volume is sometimes generated by inexperienced options traders, traders who buy cheap OTM options with no specific reason and strategy.
High daily volume on an options contract warrants further analysis to try and identify where the trades are coming from. Once you understand which of the above three conditions are driving the activity, you can more effectively use that information to formulate your own strategy.
The page is initially sorted in descending daily Volume sequence. You can re-sort the page by clicking on any of the column headings.
In order to be included, for U.S. markets, an option needs to have volume of greater than 1000 and open interest greater than 100. For Canadian markets, an option needs to have volume of greater than 50 and open interest greater than 5.
Options information is delayed a minimum of 30 minutes, and is updated once an hour, with the first update at 10:30am ET.
For pages showing Intraday views, we use the current session's data, with new price data appear on the page as indicated by a "flash". Stocks: 15 minute delay (Cboe BZX data for U.S. equities is real-time), ET. Volume reflects consolidated markets. Futures and Forex: 10 or 15 minute delay, CT.
The list of symbols included on the page is updated every 10 minutes throughout the trading day. However, new stocks are not automatically added to or re-ranked on the page until the site performs its 10-minute update.
Pages are initially sorted in a specific order (depending on the data presented). You can re-sort the page by clicking on any of the column headings in the table.
Most data tables can be analyzed using "Views." A View simply presents the symbols on the page with a different set of columns. Site members can also display the page using Custom Views. (Simply create a free account, log in, then create and save Custom Views to be used on any data table.)
Each View has a "Links" column on the far right to access a symbol's Quote Overview, Chart, Options Quotes (when available), Barchart Opinion, and Technical Analysis page. Standard Views found throughout the site include:
- Main View: Symbol, Name, Last Price, Change, Percent Change, High, Low, Volume, and Time of Last Trade.
- Technical View: Symbol, Name, Last Price, Today's Opinion, 20-Day Relative Strength, 20-Day Historic Volatility, 20-Day Average Volume, 52-Week High and 52-Week Low.
- Performance View: Symbol, Name, Last Price, Weighted Alpha, YTD Percent Change, 1-Month, 3-Month and 1-Year Percent Change.
- Fundamental View: Available only on equity pages, shows Symbol, Name, Weighted Alpha, Market Cap, P/E Ratio. Earnings Per Share, Beta, Return on Equity, and Price/Sales
Data Table Expand
Unique to Barchart.com, data tables contain an "expand" option. Click the "+" icon in the first column (on the left) to "expand" the table for the selected symbol. Scroll through widgets of the different content available for the symbol. Click on any of the widgets to go to the full page.
Horizontal Scroll on Wide Tables
Especially when using a custom view, you may find that the number of columns chosen exceeds the available space to show all the data. In this case, the table must be horizontally scrolled (left to right) to view all of the information. To do this, you can either scroll to the bottom of the table and use the table's scrollbar, or you can scroll the table using your browser's built-in scroll:
- Left-click with your mouse anywhere on the table.
- Use your keyboard's left and right arrows to scroll the table.
- Repeat this anywhere as you move through the table to enable horizontal scrolling.
Also unique to Barchart, FlipCharts allow you to scroll through all the symbols on the table in a chart view. While viewing FlipCharts, you can apply a custom Chart Template, further customizing the way you can analyze the symbols. FlipCharts are a free tool available to Site Members.
Download is a free tool available to Site Members. This tool will download a .csv file for the View being displayed. For dynamically-generated tables (such as a Stock or ETF Screener) where you see more than 1000 rows of data, the download will be limited to only the first 1000 records on the table. For other static pages (such as the Russell 3000 Components list) all rows will be downloaded.
Free members are limited to 10 downloads per day, while Barchart Premier Members may download up to 100 .csv files per day.
Should you require more than 50 downloads per day, please contact Barchart Sales at 866-333-7587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or additional options about historical market data.