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OPTIONS: Currency hedging volumes lagging behind slightly as lower-than-usual
trading activity in EUR/USD counters higher volumes in USD/CNY and AUD/USD.
Following AUD/USD's eventful Asia-Pacific session, AUD/USD call trades were in
demand from the off (largely crossing ahead of AUD negative RBA rate cut
expectation headlines and the China coal ban story) with sizeable structures
(one trade appeared to be a seven-legged call structure at 0118GMT, paying a
premium of over A$11mln in total on A$2.4bln notional) crossing, according to
-USD/CNY options were also heavily traded Thursday, with highlights including
what appeared to be a bearish calendar put spread, buying Cny6.70 puts expiring
Feb26 while selling Mar21 Cny6.65 puts for a total notional of $400mln.