Pessimism Rising – Options Markets Signal Bears Beating Bulls

Thursday, August 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

Amid the tightest range in stock market history, bearish sentiment toward stocks is rapidly worsening according to the options market. As Bloomberg reports, based on the number of puts trading compared with calls on single stocks, pessimism is higher now than any time since 2012 as “upside speculation has really fallen off a cliff.” Contrarians may be rejoicing but without a QE-backing and central bank omnipotence in question, as one strategist noted, “perhaps these traders fear a greater correction coming down the pike.”

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