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Track big options trades with Unusual Options Flow

Spot, filter and measure unusual options flow like never before.

Track flow in real-time

Track unusual options flow in real-time

View and measure unusually large directional options trades (known as options flow) that are abnormally large or aggressive as they happen.

Quantify unusual options without the noise

Spot unusual options trades without the noise

Track options volume, trade size by strike price and expiration date to identify large directional bets

Visualize & filter powerful new way

Visualize & filter options flow powerful new way

With TrendSpider's unusual options scatterplot chart, you can easily identify the biggest bets with a passing glance.

Spot block trades & options sweeps in real time

Spot block options trades & options sweeps in real time

Large options trades that aggressively hit the bid or ask can indicate a big money directional bet.

Identify repeating options trades visually

Identify smaller but repeating options trades visually

Large trades are often executed in small chunks making them difficult to spot for retail traders.


A new, superior way to track unusual options flow activity

Unusual options activity can reveal large directional bets or hedges by large money players. Traders often look to this data to identify potential opportunities. The challenge with this type of analysis, is it can be difficult to spot and even more difficult to understand. TrendSpider makes it easy to find and analyze these large directional options trades using simple and powerful visualizations that are integrated directly into your charting platform.

Visualize unusual options flow with powerful and easy-to-read charts

Make sense of the noise and cut through the market's clutter by using TrendSpider's proprietary visualizations to quickly spot meaningful options activity. Use the slider controls to adjust by expiration date, premium paid and strike price.

Quickly quantify and compare the size and direction of unusual options traders

TrendSpider will automatically sort, organize and list all unusual options trades that are detected for a specific symbol. In addition, it will generate background bar charts to help you compare the trades to each other. Using this, you can quickly spot the largest directional options bets visually right in the sidebar widget.

Make unusual options flow part your overall stock trading strategy

Watching options flow isn't a silver bullet. Nothing is. But it can be a very valuable tool to integrate into your overall trading strategy. If you see a chart that looks bullish to you, and the options flow confirms that there are many directional bets that agree with you, it can add conviction and confidence to your trading decisions.

Separate the meaningful options trades from the noise quickly and easily

Unusual options are large trades that are initiated typically by institutional traders, hedge funds or other professional investors. Two types of unusual options trades are identified by TrendSpider:

  • Options Block Trades. In this type of trade, the position size is compared to the average trade size for that particular contract, the trade volume makes up a meaningful portion of the open interest, the transaction has a minimum premium of $20,000 and is placed at the bid or ask for the contract.
  • Options Sweep Trades. In this transaction, a group of trades hits the tape within 250 milliseconds of each other that hit the bid or ask at least 75% of the time and have a minimum value of $20,000. This type of transaction suggests a high frequency directional bet.

Being able to quickly and easily identify these types of trades gives you a window into the mindset of "smart money" investors. When used with other forms of analysis, unusual options data can offer additional confirmation or cause for concern that you may otherwise miss.

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Flexible and customizable filtering

Filter unusual options contracts based on any criteria you can dream of. It's designed to be flexible and customizable so that you can always find what you want when you want it.

Integrated with the rest of TrendSpider

You can get Unusual Options data anywhere. What makes it special in TrendSpider is how it works with the rest of the platform. Unusual options is integrated into the market scanner, sidebar, and scripting system in the platform. Use it in combination with other conditions and technicals.