What Is The Put/Call Ratio?
The put/call ratio is the ratio of the volume in trading between the put option trading and the call options trading
How To Get The Put/Call Ratio
The symbol for the put/call ratio is $PCVA. You have to sign up for monthly access to the put/call ratio from Tradestation. The put/call ratio permission fee is called the OPRA fee and is about $1 for monthly access on Tradestation
Put/Call Ratio Rule
- The put/call ratio is a little unreliable the first five to ten minutes of the trading day. The put/call ratio has a staggered open on options
Put/Call Ratio Basics
- The put/call ratio is below .45 means it is severely negative
- The put/call ratio is between .45 and .65 means it is negative, but not extremely negative
- The put/call ratio is between .65 and .75 means it is slightly negative
- The put/call ratio is between .70 and .85 is considered neutral. The put/call ratio between .70 and .85 means the market action and the prices of the Dow and s&P can go up or down equally as easy
- The put/call ratio is between .85 and .95 is bullish, but moderate
- The put/call ratio is above 1.0 means it is extremely bullish. If the The put/call ratio goes above 1.0, I look to go long
Put/Call Ratio Rule Of Thumb
If price action is going up, you’d like to see the The put/call ratio going up If price action is going down, you’d like to see the put/call going down
The main way I use put/call ratio is to make sure there is nothing out of whack in the trading market. The put/call ratio is like a tourniquet. If you are bleeding and you apply it correctly, you will survive. If the put/call ratio get above 1.0 when the market is selling off, it will hold. If put/call ratio is not, it will just slow down the bleeding.