Market highlight: NBP options trading hints at weakening market sentiment

ICIS looks at how recent options trading at the British NBP may suggest a weakening in market sentiment ahead of the summer-delivery period.

Data from the ICE exchange – through which options are traded and cleared – shows an increase in open interest on put options for March ‘17 delivery since the start of the year, but a corresponding drop in open interest on calls.

A put option secures its holder the right to sell a given contract at a previously agreed strike price and can be used to hedge against, or speculate on, falling prices.

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