Option Chain Analysis

Option Chain Analysis

In this article, I am going to discuss the Option Chain Analysis in detail. Please read our previous article where we discussed Opening Range Breakout with examples. At the end of this article, you will understand the following pointers in detail.

  1. What is open interest
  2. How to study option chain table
  3. Element of option chain table
  4. How to interpret option open interest
  5. Use of open interest
Market Structure Principles

Price moves within a structural framework of supply and demand zone. A breakout of the structural framework supply and demand zone will lead to price movement in the next area of the framework of supply and demand zone

Market Structure Principles

OPTION CHAIN COMPONENT

OPTION CHAIN COMPONENT

WHAT IS ITM (IN THE MONEY) OPTIONS?
  1. A call option is said to be in ITM if the strike price is less than the current spot price of the security.
  2. A put option is said to be ITM if the strike price is more than the current spot price of the security.
WHAT IS ATM (AT THE MONEY) OPTIONS?
  1. A call option is said to be in ATM if the strike price is equal to the current spot price of the security.
  2. A put option is said to be ATM if the strike price is equal to the current spot price of the security.
WHAT IS OTM (OUT OF THE MONEY) OPTIONS?
  1. A call option is said to be in OTM if the strike price is more than the current spot price of the security.
  2. A put option is said to be OTM if the strike price is less to the current spot price of the security.

Open interest

How Changes in Open Interest Occur
  • If both participants in a trade are initiating a new position, the open interest will increase. If both participants are liquidating an old position, the open interest will decline.
  • If, however, one participant is initiating a new trade while the other is liquidating an old trade, open interest will remain unchanged.
Misconception about open interest

Never think that since PRICE is rising, more LONGS are being created than SHORTS. LONGS will always be equal to SHORTS just that LONGS are dominating SHORTS in the transaction, that is why PRICE is rising

Number of shares bought is ALWAYS EQUAL to number of shares sold. Then why PRICE rises or falls? because of buying pressure or selling pressure. So, if buyers of a contract are dominating the sellers, PRICE will rise and if sellers are dominating the buyers, PRICE will fall. But BUYERS will always be equal to SELLERS. So,open interest is rising, means new contracts are being added. But since PRICE is rising with it, it means that LONGS are DOMINATING the transactions. Thus, market/share is STRONGLY BULLISH . opposite for bearish trend

WRITING/Selling(Sellers) is more important here….. Why… ?
  • It takes conviction to sell as there is Unlimited risk and more money required
  • Sellers are usually someone with Big money like Big Institutions
  • Buyers are usually retail traders as it is convenient with less required capital
  • Institutions are usually right
  • Large option open interest means massive bet against that strike price

WRITING/Selling(Sellers) is more important here….. Why… ?

Use of open interest data
  • To identify support and resistance
  • To find out when support resistance will break
  • Direction of trend
Identifying Support and Resistance based on option chain open interest

Identifying Support and Resistance based on option chain open interest

How to identify support and resistance level or zone?
  • STEP 1 find the highest OI column on both sides (call and put side)
  • STEP 2 note the corresponding change in OI
  • SUPPORT (PE) biggest open interest number + positive change in open interest
  • RESISTANCE(CE) biggest open interest number + positive change in open interest

How to identify support and resistance level or zone?

How to know where is the resistance in all time high price?
  • By analyzing the option chain data
PARTICULAR STRIKE PRICE

Now we will study what a particular strike price showing us?

CALLS

PUTS

  • +ve change in OI implies that call writers are selling because they feel the stock will not rise above respective level
  • -ve change in OI implies that call writers are squaring up because they feel the stock will rise above respective level
  • +ve change in OI implies that put writers are selling because they feel the stock will not fall below respective level
  • -ve change in OI implies that put writers are squaring up because they feel the stock will fall below respective level

“STRIKE PRICE” will show any of the following:

  1. LONG BUILDUP
  2. LONG LIQUIDATION
  3. SHORT BUILDUP
  4. SHORT COVERING
LONG BUILDUP

If PRICE is rising and open interest is rising, it means market is STRONGLY BULLISH. LONG BUILDUP

  • If PRICE and OI both are rising, it means that new contract that is being added is dominated by bulls, that’s why PRICE is rising with every new contract addition.
short covering

If PRICE is rising but open interest is falling, it means market is WEAKLY BULLISH.short covering

  • If PRICE is rising but open interest is falling, it means that the rise in price is due to SHORT COVERING and not bullishness. See why is OI falling? It’s falling because positions are being squared off and number of open contracts in the market are reducing. But since PRICE is rising with it, it means that SHORTS are SQUARING OFF and dominating LONGS in the transaction. See, how would SHORTS square off? They will square off by BUYING. That is why PRICE is rising. So, PRICE is not rising because LONGS are dominating. It is rising because SHORTS are dominating the squaring off process. Thus, it can not be called BULLISH. It is WEAKLY BULLISH. It can be a TRAP for new LONGS.
  • Rally Extrapolating from the general rule, price up with high volume is bullish. However, if open interest drops during this same trading session, a bearish reading of that variable results. The internal condition of the market during such a trading session would be that of short covering. A short-covering rally is a very weak technical situation. The technician can state that the decline in open interest is more bearish than the high volume is bullish. In fact, if volume is so high that it can be considered to be of blowoff proportion, the volume reading would also be bearish-signaling at least a temporary reversal of the price uptrend
SHORT BUILDUP

If PRICE is falling, open interest is rising, market is STRONGLY BEARISH.

  • If price is falling and open interest is rising, it means that SHORTS are dominating the LONGS. And since open interest is rising, it means that new contracts are being added. But, since price is falling, it means the new contracts which are being added are dominated by SHORTS not LONGS. Hence, it is STRONGLY BEARISH.
LONG LIQUIDATION

If PRICE is falling and open interest is falling, market is WEAKLY BEARISH.

  • If PRICE is falling and open interest is falling, it means that the fall in price is due to LONG COVERING or also called LONG UNWINDING. See why is open interest falling? It’s falling because positions are being squared off and number of open contracts in the market are reducing. But since PRICE is falling with it, it means that LONGS are SQUARING OFF & dominating SHORTS in the transaction. how would LONGS square off? They will square off by SELLING. That is why PRICE is falling. So, PRICE is not falling because SHORTS are dominating and creating new positions. It is falling because LONGS are dominating the squaring off process. Thus, it can not be called BEARISH. It is WEAKLY BEARISH. It can be a TRAP for new SHORTS.
MARKET DIRECTION BASED ON OPTION OI
  • Which direction both support and resistance is shifting . if both shifting higher is indicate bullish
HOW TO KNOW?
  • BY CHANGE IN OPEN INTEREST IN PARTICULAR STRIKEPRICE
Lets study call open interest (CE OI)

MARKET DIRECTION BASED ON OPTION OI

Option Chain Analysis Option Chain Analysis in Trading

Lets discuss put open interest (PE OI)

put open interest (PE OI)

Option Chain Analysis Trading

Lets combine both call and put
  • Call writer adding(increasing) and put writer exiting(decreasing)=bearish
  • Put buyers adding(increasing) and call buyers exiting(decreasing) = bearish
  • Call writer decreasing(exiting)and put writer adding(increasing)=bullish.
  • Call buyers increasing(adding) and put buyers decreasing (exiting )=bullish

Option Chain Analysis in Intraday Trading

OPTION CHAIN TABLE FOR ABOVE CHART

OPTION CHAIN TABLE FOR ABOVE CHART

WHAT HAPPEN NEXT

Option Chain Analysis Intraday Trading

Lets see the option chain data for this chart

option chain data

BREAKOUT/REVERSAL

Let’s study bullish breakout and

Bull to bear reversal

REVERSAL STUDY
  • If near CE OTM strike price has highest open interest and positive change in open interest, then price will not break that level . means call writers are feel that price will not move above that level
  • PUT WRITER exiting , means open interest decreasing in ATM and ITM PE, THEY FEEL THA PRICE WILL MOVE BELOW THAT LEVEL
BREAKOUT STUDY
  • If near CE OTM strike price has change in negative open interest, then price will break that level .call writer are exiting means they are feeling price will move up
  • Addition in ATM AND ITM PE means put writers are bullish

BREAKOUT STUDY

REVERSAL STUDY

BREAKOUT/REVERSAL Study

Option Chain Analysis

Put Call Ratio (PCR)

HIGH PCR =BULLISH

  • More puts than calls
  • Big sellers are selling puts, more than calls
  • Means they are saying the market won’t go down much

Put Call Ratio (PCR)

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1 thought on “Option Chain Analysis”

  1. Thanks for your nice&useful article,

    Call writer adding(increasing) and put writer exiting(decreasing)=bearish
    Put buyers adding(increasing) and call buyers exiting(decreasing) = bearish
    Call writer decreasing(exiting)and put writer adding(increasing)=bullish.
    Call buyers increasing(adding) and put buyers decreasing (exiting )=bullish

    what is that writer? can’t understand…..

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