How To Find Unusual Options Activity? Simply set the filters above based on your own trading criteria; like days to expiration, moneyness or total amount traded. For example, large out of the money option contracts with near dated expirations may indicate higher risk taking from the original trader. You can then sort by clicking on any of the column titles. A common strategy is to sort the options volume column in descending order, while filtering for new and opening option contracts that are out of the money with short dated expirations. You will then be able to see opening option positions that represent the biggest bets in the market.
What Is Dark Pool Trading? Dark pool trading take place off the main exchanges. Practically speaking, this means the option order price of a trade took place outside of the NBBO (National Best BiD & Offer). Optionsonar makes these types of option contracts simple to find. Toggle the 'Dark Pool Trades' button in our options scanner and look for option prices with a blue button next to them to find all the dark pool trades.