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  • Maury Meets Mark

    Maury Meets Mark

    In the lively chat rooms of Hamzei Analytics, Maury tales are abound.  Saying Maury (a fictitious character) is frugal, is an understatement.  His motto is “What’s for free, is for me”.  At the very least, he hates wholesale prices and want to buy below cost, thus negotiates for the best bargain. He has set the standard for getting the most out of our options trades. We have come to appreciate the “Maury” trades in the HFT Options Trading Chatroom. Old[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Aug 12, 2015, 3:04 PM

    Strategy: Skip Strike Butterfly Spread

    Strategy: Skip Strike Butterfly Spread

    Let’s look at SPX, IBM and FB to determine which one is the best candidate for a skip strike butterfly. SPX is trading at 2083.56, IBM at 156.32and FB at 95.12. A normal long call butterfly combines a 90-95 bull vertical call spread with a 100-95 bear vertical call spread. Each spread has an equal amount of contracts. The strike price differential is the same for both vertical spreads. A skip strike butterfly combines a 90-95 bull vertical call spread with a 105-95 bear vertical call spread.[...]

  • Market News | Strategy | Jul 29, 2015, 12:23 PM

    Facebook Earnings Today - Possible Options Strategy

    Facebook Earnings Today - Possible Options Strategy

    When a trader is making a trade based upon an upcoming earnings report the first thing that they will look at is the at the money (ATM) straddle in the expiration cycle that is closest to expiration. The earnings report for Facebook (FB) is being released this afternoon on July 29th at 4:00 pm ET, immediately after the close. There are weekly options that expire two days later on July 31st. With FB trading at 95.50 let’s take a look at the FB Jul 31st 95.5 calls and puts. The market for the[...]

  • Education | Strategy | May 27, 2015, 5:00 PM

    Debit Spreads and Credit Spreads - Similar.

    Debit Spreads and Credit Spreads - Similar.

    (Editors Note. We would like to welcome Dan Keegan as a contributor to the CBOE.  Dan is a well known and experienced trader.  Dan started as a runner at the CBOE in 1978, moving up to act as a Floor Broker for 5 years and then a Market Maker for 17 years.  He does mentoring for investors and sends out a weekly newsletter to subscribers.  His web-site is optionauthority.com. Welcome Dan!) Selling credit spreads is a very popular starting point for many retail options traders.[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 23, 2015, 7:16 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.23.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.23.15

    Earnings from major players hitting the tape (PG off $1.50, CAT up $3, GM misses on top and bottom line and is off $1) and more after the close. Chinese economic numbers (PMI) weak again but Asian shares slightly higher, Europe weak with DAX off 1.2%).  Housing data 30 minutes into trading day.  Volatility as an asset class Facebook (FB) is down $1.13 to $83.51 in the premarket on higher user growth and engagement driving strong ad growth, somewhat offset by foreign exchange headwinds and[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 6, 2015, 11:47 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.6.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.6.15

    Volatility as an asset class Gang of four overall option implied volatility: Amazon.com (AMZN) overall option implied volatility of 32 is compares to its 26-week average of 28. Apple (AAPL) overall option implied volatility of 28 is compares to its 26-week average of 27. Google (GOOG overall option implied volatility of 24 is compares to its 26-week average of 22. Facebook (FB) overall option implied volatility of 31 is compares to its 26-week average of 32. CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 29, 2015, 7:35 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.29.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.29.15

    US Stock Futures rallying after a few tough previous sessions.  Weekly Claims dropped sharply to 265K.  Overseas equities lower with FTSE sliding 0.8%.   MCD announces new CEO.  QCOM beats but guides lower.  Jeff Gundlach and Bill Gross with bearish comments.  17.6 mm option contracts yesterday. Volatility as an asset class: Alibaba (BABA) is down $5.45 to $93 in the premarket following Q3 results. January weekly call option implied volatility is at 117, February[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Jan 25, 2015, 3:47 PM

    Next Week in Weeklys - 1/26 - 1/30

    Next Week in Weeklys - 1/26 - 1/30

    I have been putting these posts together for a couple of years now.  Since starting this project, I am pretty certain this is the biggest earnings week for stocks with short dated options.  There are about 70 companies that have Weeklys available reporting their earnings this week.  For those new to all this the table represents the biggest up move (Max), biggest price drop (Min), average move (Abs Avg) and what the stock did in reaction to earnings last quarter.  The historical[...]