• Jan 22, 2017, 7:17 AM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/17 - 1/20

    Large cap stocks ruled the week last week, at least in relative terms as the Russell 1000 (RUI) only gave up 0.18% while the Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 1.47%.  Without checking I’m pretty sure that’s the biggest large cap out performance since the election.  Small cap volatility remains elevated relative to large cap volatility as indicated by the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) levels relative to VIX.  I left 2016 on this chart because I don’t think the[...]
  • Jan 21, 2017, 4:40 PM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/17 - 1/20

    The four volatility indexes based on S&P 500 option pricing were mixed on a week over week basis.  VXST and VIX rose while VXV and VXMT dropped slightly.  The result was a slight week over week twist in the curve below.  Note a couple of additions to the table below, VMAX and VMIN which have a different construction than VXX and XIV will now be monitored on a week over week basis.  Both have a shorter-term outlook than the standard VIX related funds.  The big standout[...]
  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 21, 2017, 1:58 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/17 - 1/21

    The S&P 500 dropped a bit and VIX rose some last week.  For all the fear and uncertainty that has been in the air around the beginning of the Trump era in Washington DC, the markets have remained calm and not done a whole lot in the past few weeks.   We did get January VIX options settlement last week with VRO coming in at 12.42.  This is something I’m watching closely as I got a twitter question awhile back with respect to streaks where standard VIX settlement had[...]
  • Market News | VIX | Jan 20, 2017, 11:04 AM

    CBOE SKEW Index Tops 140 Two Days in a Row, as Demand for Disaster Protection Increases

    The CBOE SKEW Index (SKEW) values, which are calculated from weighted strips of out-of-the-money S&P 500 options, generally rise to higher levels as investors become more fearful of a negative equity “black swan” event — an unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence. Key facts about recent SKEW values -- TWO DAYS IN A ROW. SKEW closed at 143.43 on January 18, and 141.03 on January 19 (the sixth time in its 27-year history that the index closed above 140 two days in[...]
  • Market News | Trader Talk | Jan 19, 2017, 4:32 PM

    Earnings Week of 1/23 - 1/27

    Earnings season is in full swing this week with something for everyone on the list below.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results unless the ticker is in italics.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.  Finally, double check the earnings dates as not all were confirmed.
  • Market News | VIX | Jan 18, 2017, 6:17 PM

    Volatility ETF Twice Nominated for 2016 ETF.com Awards

    We all have our morning rituals and one of mine involves checking the daily ETF.Com email I receive at CBOE.  The top story was the nominations for the annual ETF.Com awards ceremony which is scheduled for March 30th in New York.  I went through the list of nominees highlighting partners of CBOE and was delighted to see the REX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF (Ticker: VMAX) recognized with a nomination in two categories.  VMAX has been nominated for both Most Innovative[...]
  • Trader Talk | Jan 17, 2017, 11:49 AM

    Jesse Livermore: Lessons From the Greatest Trader

    From the Mind of the Greatest Trader - Jesse Livermore Starting the new year is a great time to reflect on what happened on the past but also to look ahead of what's to come.  My reflection is about my trading history and analyzing where I can become better.  I also look to others to see where I can pick up ideas to improve.  One of my favorite trading books of all time is Reminiscence of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre.  It is the true life story of Jesse Livermore, a stock[...]
  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 16, 2017, 9:08 AM

    Block Trade Analysis - XLI Bull Put Spreads from Friday

    Since the election of Donald Trump the stock market has been on a bullish run.  One sector that may benefit from the new administration is the industrial sector, whether that is due to an increase in infrastructure spending or through an increase in domestic manufacturing.  On Friday, last week there were a couple of bullish option trades that came into the Industrial Selector Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) ETF option market worth taking a look at. Before discussing these two trades I wanted to[...]
  • VIX | Election & VIX | Jan 16, 2017, 6:53 AM

    Contrasting SPX and VIX - MLK Weekend 2016 and 2017

    2016 was a year lots of people would like to forget for a variety of reasons.  Personally, I had a great year and didn’t know any celebrities who will be celebrated posthumously at the various spring award shows.  If we go back 52 weeks to MLK weekend in 2016 the markets were about as opposite as they could be relative to where we are today. As a quick reminder, many market participants were nervous going into 2016, we had just experienced our first interest rate hike in years and[...]
  • Market News | Election & VIX | Jan 15, 2017, 4:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/15/2017

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. Data Exchange CBOE announced on January 6, that all its historical market data formerly operated by Market Data Express (MDX) has been migrated to the CBOE Livevol Data Shop.  This action combines a comprehensive source of options, equity and exchange-traded fund (ETF) data with the customizable services offered[...]
  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 15, 2017, 8:33 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/9 - 1/13

    There are two lines below although it may appear that there is only a purple line for parts of the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve.  In a round about way I’m saying not a lot happened in the world of S&P 500 option volatility last week. What really stands out on the table below is the price action of VVIX which rose over 12 points to finish the week over 90.  There were large buyers of February VIX call options last week which contributed to the rise[...]
  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 14, 2017, 5:43 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/9 - 1/13

    Last week VIX managed to finish the day below the 2016 closing low (11.27) twice.  If it were only Friday’s close I’d throw an asterisk in there for the three-day weekend effect, but there’s no holiday excuse for the Wednesday close of 11.26. This past week they (whoever ‘they’ are) couldn’t get enough of February VIX Calls.  On Friday, paper bought over 60,000 VIX Feb 21 Calls for 0.49.  On Thursday, there were three block trades of[...]
  • Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/9 - 1/13

    It was a quiet week for the markets with a lack of economic data, the earnings calendar being light (that changes next week) and our president elect speaking to the press but not making statements to impact the equity markets too much.  The result was a 0.35% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT) and a drop of 0.04% for large cap stocks as represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI). The next chart is a regular feature in this space.  I decided since the premium of the CBOE Russell 2000[...]
  • Market News | Jan 12, 2017, 3:59 PM

    Earnings Week of 1/17 - 1/20

    It's a holiday shortened week, but it's also a week where earnings season starts to kick into high gear.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results unless the ticker is in italics.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.  Finally, double check the earnings dates as not all were confirmed.
  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jan 11, 2017, 2:38 PM

    Getting the 2017 Party Started

    The cliffhanger last time involved the $6.50 put for UVXY expiring this Friday, January 13th.  I had sold twenty contracts on January 4th for premium received of $0.18 each.  It turns out that I got nervous about this put when UVXY touched 6.57 later that day.  I knew I had time, but I also believed that the nature of UVXY was not on my side, and I began plotting to trade out of these options and eventually replace them with more advantageous ones. It turns out I didn't have to wait[...]