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  • Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility 1/11 - 1/15

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility 1/11 - 1/15

    The Chicago Bears are doing the same thing the rest of us did this weekend, watching the playoffs from home.  However, the stock market bears have been dominate in 2016.  Russell 2000 (RUT) history goes back to 1987 so there is not a lot to work with, but the first ten days of 2016 are the worst first ten days on record for RUT.  The table below shows the first ten days for every year when RUT started off in the red followed by what the small cap oriented index did for the balance[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Jan 10, 2016, 9:00 AM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Options - 1/4 - 1/8

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Options - 1/4 - 1/8

    With only one week behind us it is tough to show year to date charts for the Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT).  I’ll just note that the bad week was broad based with RUI losing 6.04% and RUT dropping a whopping 7.90%.  The Russell 2000 drop is particularly noteworthy since it out did the late August one week drop by over 2%.  Small cap stocks had a tough 2015 and the underperformance has extended into the first week of 2016. On the trading front I noticed a big IWM trade[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Jan 6, 2016, 1:22 PM

    Small Caps in Turmoil, Albeit with Lower Anticipated Volatility

    Small Caps in Turmoil, Albeit with Lower Anticipated Volatility

    The Russell 2000 (RUT) is trading at 1094, 15% off all-time highs, and has only closed lower than this level on one occasion (9/29/15) in the past 14+ months. In October of 2014, amidst the worldwide Ebola scare, RUT closed at 1068 and traded as low as 1018. Implied volatility of RUT options however, is rather sanguine despite the selloff in the benchmark Small Cap index. The CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) “measures the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility implicit in the[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Dec 30, 2015, 10:47 AM

    CBOE Russell 2000 Strategy Benchmark Indexes Outperform Russell 2000® Index

    CBOE Russell 2000 Strategy Benchmark Indexes Outperform Russell 2000® Index

    Improving risk-adjusted returns and enhancing yields are common guidelines for using options-based strategies.  The CBOE recently added 5 new CBOE Russell 2000 strategy benchmark indexes to a line-up now totaling 26 based on a variety of underlying indexes. By design each CBOE strategy benchmark index offers a unique risk/reward characteristic providing investors with the flexibility to choose an appropriate strategy for different risk tolerances and market outlooks. As the year end approaches,[...]

  • Market News | Futures | Dec 21, 2015, 3:19 PM

    Russell 2000® Index Options (RUT) - “Weeklys” New PM-settled Expirations

    Russell 2000® Index Options (RUT) -  “Weeklys” New PM-settled Expirations

    The Russell 2000® Index (RUT) Weeklys options are listed to provide expiration opportunities every week. Weeklys are typically listed on Thursdays and expire on Fridays, provided that such expirations were not previously listed (i.e. Weeklys are not listed if they would expire on a 3rd Friday or if a Quarterly option would expire on the same day). Trading Activity RUT “Weeklys” The daily and monthly trading activity in the RUT “Weeklys” average approximately 30% of the[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Dec 20, 2015, 3:30 PM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/14 - 12/18

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/14 - 12/18

    Small cap stocks continue to languish relative to large cap stocks for 2015.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 0.23% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 0.35% last week.  RUT is down 6.95% for 2015 while the large cap oriented RUI is down only 2.94%.  It’s going to take a small miracle for RUT to close the gap over the next two holiday shortened weeks. The CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) rebounded relative to VIX last week but finished very close to parity. [...]

  • Market News | Dec 13, 2015, 7:11 PM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 12/7 - 12/11

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 12/7 - 12/11

    Small cap stocks took it on the chin last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) losing just over 5% on the week which places the small cap benchmark at down 6.73% for 2015.  In the large cap space the Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 3.85% last week which caused this large cap benchmark to move into the red for 2015.  RUI is now down 2.6% for 2015. Before moving to the volatility indexes I want to address where we are in December with respect to RUT and RUI.  A couple of weeks ago I[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Dec 9, 2015, 11:39 AM

    An Early Retrospective on ^SPX and ^RUT

    An Early Retrospective on ^SPX and ^RUT

    The end of any calendar year gives us a perfect opportunity to look back and evaluate the year that was, and perhaps prognosticate about the year that may be. The ^SPX closed @ 2,058.90 on 12/31/14 – up nearly 12% in 2014. As I type, the ^SPX is 2,068 – up fractionally for 2015. Yesterday and today we traded either side of unchanged on the ^SPX for 2015. The broad market is oscillating between 2080 and 2,052. Yesterday the Energy sector was weighing heavily on the market and when Crude[...]

  • Market News | Dec 5, 2015, 12:55 AM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 11/30 - 12/4

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 11/30 - 12/4

    I put a blog up a couple of weeks ago about the Russell 2000 (RUT) usually doing well in December on both an absolute and relative basis.  Although it is early, small cap stocks as represented by RUT have dropped 1.23% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) is up 0.40%. The RVX / VIX premium has been zig zagging with the rest of the equity market action and finished the week close to this year’s average of 18% after dropping down to 10% on Thursday.  Confusion seems to abound regarding equities[...]

  • Market News | Nov 30, 2015, 7:30 PM

    CBOE CEO Edward Tilly on New Initiatives, Expanding Customer Reach in Asia

    CBOE CEO Edward Tilly on New Initiatives, Expanding Customer Reach in Asia

    CBOE CEO Edward Tilly began day two of CBOE RMC Asia in Hong Kong with a tribute of sorts to the growth and expansion of CBOE’s Risk Management Conferences. Years of success in the U.S. and Europe have paved the road to CBOE’s inaugural event in Asia this year. Turning to product news, Tilly highlighted the recent launches of VIX Weeklys futures in July and VIX Weeklys options in October. “We worked closely with our VIX user base to develop a short-term volatility product that more[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 29, 2015, 12:00 PM

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 11/23 - 11/27

    Weekly Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 11/23 - 11/27

    Last week I noted that December has traditionally been a good month for stocks, especially small cap stocks.  That blog can be found at The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/16 - 11/20.  RUT appeared to get a head start on things last week by rallying over 2% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was up by only about 2 points.  RUT is now a rounding error from up on the year and still lags RUI by about 1.5%. With the relative rally in RUT the RVX / VIX premium dropped to levels[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Nov 24, 2015, 10:48 AM

    CBOE Launches 5 New Strategy Benchmark Indexes on Russell® 2000 Index

    CBOE Launches 5 New Strategy Benchmark Indexes on Russell® 2000 Index

    Monday marked the launch of 5 Strategy Benchmark Indexes based on the Russell 2000 Index.  Created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, these options based strategies have been used previously as risk management and yield-enhancing tools. CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index (PUTR) The CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index is designed to track the performance of a hypothetical strategy that sells a monthly at-the-money (ATM) Russell 2000 Index put option. The written Russell 2000 put option is collateralized[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Nov 22, 2015, 2:13 PM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/16 - 11/20

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/16 - 11/20

    Large caps ruled the week with the Russell 1000 (RUI) gaining over 3%.  Small cap stocks were no slouches, but the Russell 2000 did lag the Russell 1000 gaining 2.5%.  For the year RUI is up 1.21% and RUT is down 2.45%.  However, at the end of this blog I’ll note some statistics that show RUT still has a shot at victory in 2015. Both the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) and VIX were lower last week based on the rally in the equity markets.  RVX dropped[...]

  • Strategy | Nov 20, 2015, 11:52 AM

    Small-Cap Rally RUT Delayed Year-End Play

    Small-Cap Rally RUT Delayed Year-End Play

    The recent market rally we have seen seen has been driven by big cap names such as AAPL, FB, GOOG, but this week it would appear small cap is catching up based on price action in the Russell 2000 small cap index (CBOE: RUT 11.77.32). Small cap stocks are traditionally a big favorite of mutual funds - popular investment vehicles for traditional retirement investors, the same individuals who are known for driving the year-end ‘Santa Clause Rally.’ As year-end approaches, these types of[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Nov 15, 2015, 5:50 PM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/9 - 11/13

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 11/9 - 11/13

    The tough week for stocks was harder on small caps than large caps as the Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 4.43% and the Russell 1000 (RUI) dropped 3.63%.  RUT has a lot of work to do to catch up with RUI as the gap is at almost 3% between RUI (down 1.92%) and RUT (down 4.83% for the year). We tend to see VIX rise relative to the CBOE Russell 2000 Index (RVX) in times of turmoil.  That happened in August to the point of historically extreme relative RVX – VIX levels. [...]