Stock Market Indicator Shows Strong Bullish Sentiment

Chart of the CBOE Put/Call Ratio - Stock Market Indicator Shows Bullish Sentiment

Chart of the CBOE Put/Call Ratio – Stock Market Indicator Shows Bullish Sentiment – Source: TheTechnicals.com and TradingView

Anyone needing more evidence that the stock market is bullish and doing well right now should just take a quick glance at the popular market sentiment indicator, the put/call ratio. Because this indicator generally lags the market and may not tell the whole story, it may not be the best gauge of sentiment. Still, though, it can certainly give some valuable insight into how investors overall may be feeling (or fearing) about the market at any given time.

What is the Put/Call Ratio?

The put/call ratio is a simple calculation that compares the trading volume of put options to call options. In a quick nutshell, put option holders have the right to sell a security. And call option holders have the right to buy a security. This generally means that puts are an expression of bearishness (expecting the security to go down in price). And calls are an expression of bullishness (expecting the security to go up in price). Of course, it’s not really this easy, as options are used for more than just expressing bullishness or bearishness. They’re also used as income, insurance, and to hedge other positions. But we’ll keep to this definition for now.

The put/call ratio is derived simply by dividing the number of traded puts by the number of traded calls. Clearly, if there are more traded puts than calls, the ratio will be above 1. And if there are more traded calls than puts, the ratio will be below 1. So one way to look at market sentiment is as follows:

  • Put/Call Ratio > 1 = Bearish
  • Put/Call Ratio < 1 = Bullish

The CBOE Put/Call Ratio

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is the largest options exchange in the U.S. It publishes a total put/call ratio that includes options on individual stocks, ETFs, and indexes. This provides an overall view of market sentiment from the perspective of the options market.

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