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Duration: 4:36


Contributor: Interactive Brokers

Level: Advanced

Many traders like to watch for changes in implied volatility, option volume or open interest to gauge prospects for stock prices.

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Study Notes:

There are many option-related data points in IB’s Trader Workstation or TWS, which is a really helpful
feature when it comes to monitoring option activity. Many traders like to watch for changes in implied
volatility, option volume or open interest to gauge prospects for stock prices.

In Mosaic use the monitor panel to build a new scanner. Click on the double arrowhead and choose
Mosaic Market Scanner. Before we build a new scan, let’s look at a few samples saved here in my

For example: (Utilities– 2) this one displays option volume of the utility sector for stocks in the S&P 500
index. This scanner sorts the universe by percentage change on the day and lists implied volatility. The
ranking also allows the user to compare daily option volume against a reading of average option volume
over time.

And this one (Builders –) was created to look for option volume among the residential and commercial
building industry across several US exchanges. The universe is ranked by Option Open Interest – the
number of open positions in the name – while displaying the ratio of put-to-call open interest, option
volume and the latest implied volatility reading. Notice also that this scan incorporates a graphical
display of current session option volume and implied volatility. This may make it easier to spot heavy
volume or stand out levels of volatility.

Mosaic also offers several predefined scanners – for example, High Option Volume …or relatively high
implied volatility (IV) versus historical volatility (HV).

To create a market scanner of your own, click on the double arrowhead and again choose Mosaic
Market Scanner. Under My Scanners select Create new custom scan and give it a unique name. To build
an option scan, select Stock. I will use US and narrow the list of exchanges to just the NYSE for this
example. Then I’ll filter by the SPX index. For this example I will use All Sectors, but do note that you
may use the Filter by Industry to include or exclude relevant data.

Next, click on the Fields & Filters button to determine what the scanner will display per company. To get
to relevant options information, click on the Add field dropdown menu and locate options and click the
expand menu. Use the scroll to the right to review the menu items.

Review and select from the list of available items and you will note there are two notations – F for filter
and S for sort. These denote how the information may be displayed or ranked in your scanner. Hover
over the field to learn more.

Click Done when you have made your selections. Next, determine which column to sort by – here I will
use Option Volume and rank from High to Low. Note that if you use the Filter to the right, you will be
able to determine thresholds for minimum and maximum option volume – or alternative filters if you

Notice how the default view in the Display column reads Values. If I select IV Last, for example, and
select Line from the list, see how the information is now graphically displayed rather than simply its
reading. Selecting Values & Line will keep the reading for IV displayed on screen. Select Value and Bar
for options volume to add this view to the display. For Put/Call volume, try Value and Gradient – hover
over any button in the ranking to find the ratio of put-to-call option volume.

You can create and save as many custom scanners as you wish and figure out exactly what display
method is most appealing for your needs.

Disclosure: Interactive Brokers

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