More put (down) positions than call (up) positions were opened by traders predicting the direction of major stocks including Google, Facebook, and Apple, as well as the tech-heavy Nasdaq Index. Most noticeably, 77% trades on Facebook stock were put options against 23% call options, while 64% trades on Google were put options against 36% call options.
Says Banc De Binary President, Oren Laurent, “Interestingly, almost all of these bearish trades on our platform were opened with short-term expiry times, including 15minutes, 1 hour and end-of-day expiries. Binary trading allows you to set your chosen expiry time in advance, and traders really took advantage of this feature on Friday to capitalize on the short-term market trend without committing themselves to long-term positions and unknown risks.”
The drop in tech stocks took the market by surprise on Friday as there was no clear fundamental event or cause, and relatively positive U.S. employment data was released on the day.
Suggests Oren Laurent, “Perhaps the market was simply waiting to correct itself. It is possible that the high levels of investments in these stocks in 2013 led to a point of overheating, and investors started to question the precise value of their assets. The fact that the markets needed a small correction and calming down does not automatically mean that tech stocks are doomed in the coming months. The tech world is expanding and could still provide lucrative investment opportunities.”
AboutBanc De Binary: Banc De Binarywas founded in 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and has quickly become the global leader in binary options trading. It has more than 200,000 client accounts worldwide and offers trading on 200 stocks, currencies, commodities and indices.
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