SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. (NYSE:XOP) was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Stock investors purchased 22,469 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 295% compared to the typical volume of 5,682 put options.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. grew its stake in SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. by 4.0% in the 2nd quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 4,560 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $146,000 after buying an additional 175 shares in the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC grew its stake in SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 26,100 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $833,000 after buying an additional 630 shares in the last quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. grew its stake in SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. by 8.1% in the 2nd quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. now owns 10,674 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $342,000 after buying an additional 797 shares in the last quarter. Parkside Investments LLC grew its stake in SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. by 1.3% in the 2nd quarter. Parkside Investments LLC now owns 65,269 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $2,083,000 after buying an additional 850 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cedar Hill Associates LLC grew its stake in SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Cedar Hill Associates LLC now owns 204,127 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $6,516,000 after buying an additional 1,115 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. (XOP) opened at 34.07 on Thursday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $31.43 and a 200 day moving average price of $33.03. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. has a 52 week low of $28.96 and a 52 week high of $44.97.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 25th. Investors of record on Monday, September 18th were paid a $0.0712 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, September 15th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.84%.

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About SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod.

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (the Fund) seeks to replicate as closely as possible the total return performance of the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Select Industry Index. The S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Select Industry Index represents the oil and gas exploration and production sub-industry portion of the S&P Total Markets Index.

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