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  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | May 3, 2015, 12:00 PM

    The Week in the Russell 2000 - 4/27 - 5/2

    The Week in the Russell 2000 - 4/27 - 5/2

    For most of 2015 small cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000, set the pace outperforming the large cap dominated Russell 1000. Last week the tables turned quickly as the Russell 2000 dropped over 3% while the Russell 1000 was down only a little over 0.5%. This is the biggest weekly divergence between large cap and small cap stocks for 2015 and largest since mid-July of last year. In fact, going back to December 1992 there have only been 45 weeks (not including last week) where the Russell 1000[...]

  • Market News | Apr 26, 2015, 1:47 PM

    Russell 2000 Weekly Recap - 4/20 - 4/24

    Russell 2000 Weekly Recap - 4/20 - 4/24

    Small cap stocks were lower on Friday and the Russell 2000 didn’t get much love as the Nasdaq-100 and S&P 500 put up all-time highs last week. Despite RUT lagging a little there were a couple of Friday trades that at minimum expect the Russell 2000 to stay around current levels over the next few weeks or months. First, there was a trade that seems to expect a neutral to bullish for small cap stocks over the next few months. Early in the day, someone came into the Russell 2000 pit and sold[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Apr 19, 2015, 2:16 PM

    The Week in Small Cap Stocks - 4/13 - 4/17

    The Week in Small Cap Stocks - 4/13 - 4/17

    Last week the Russell 2000 moved lower in line with the large cap focused S&P 500, as the RUT was down 1.02% compared to a 0.99% drop in the S&P 500. One method analysts use to gauge small cap risk relative to large cap risk is by comparing the relative levels of VIX and RVX (CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index). The chart below shows the daily close for RVX divided by VIX from the beginning of 2014 through Friday along with the average ratio of 1.34 highlighted on the chart. As[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Mar 27, 2015, 3:37 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/27/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/27/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. CBOE Product Innovation Earlier in the month, CBOE held its annual Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, California, where more than 300 industry professionals gathered to discuss all things VIX.  EQDerivatives’s Peter Thompson caught up with CBOE’s President and COO, Edward Provost to discuss CBOE’s[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Mar 22, 2015, 4:29 PM

    The Week in Small Cap Stocks - 3/16 - 3/20

    The Week in Small Cap Stocks - 3/16 - 3/20

    Small cap stocks widened the lead against large cap stocks for 2015 as the Russell 2000 was up 2.78% while the Russell 1000 advanced by 1.95% last week. That places the Russell 2000 up 5.12% while the Russell 1000 is now up 2.96% for 2015. The volatility markets diverged a bit from the small cap outperforming large cap stocks as the large cap focused VIX lost 18.63% while the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) was down 16.48% for the week. Despite this the RVX / VIX spread remains a low levels[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Mar 12, 2015, 5:57 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - OTM Russell 2000 Bear Call Spread

    Block Trade Analysis - OTM Russell 2000 Bear Call Spread

    The recently blocks I’ve written up in the Russell 2000 tended to be trades in short dated out of the money put options. Despite being on the put side of the equation these big trades were bullish spreads. Typically the Russell 2000 would need to drop several percentage points for those trades to turn sour. Well today it appears someone turned the tables and decided to go with an out of the money bear call spread. Over 64,000 RUT Mar 20th 1280 and 1290 Calls traded today and the best I can[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Mar 8, 2015, 1:09 PM

    The Week in Small Cap Stocks and Volatility - 3/2 - 3/6

    The Week in Small Cap Stocks and Volatility - 3/2 - 3/6

    With the sell off on Friday, the Russell 2000 was down 1.29% while the Russell 1000 lost 1.51% last week. Small cap stocks underperformed large caps in 2014 and many have expected this to carry over into 2015. However, so far the Russell 2000 has held its own and is up 1.06% for the year which is basically in line with the performance of the Russell 1000. In the volatility space the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index was higher gaining just over 7%. RVX is often considered a measure of small cap[...]

  • Education | Mar 3, 2015, 2:00 PM

    Why Does The Market Have to do 'Something'?

    Why Does The Market Have to do 'Something'?

    I often find myself hearing reasons or rationale for the stock market's movements, which really is just a collection of emotions all packaged together to form a result.  I have to ignore these comments, if I listen too carefully I may get swept up in trying to rationalize the action.   Without trying to be too obvious, too much fear and the market goes down, but too much optimism and the market goes higher.  We can see all of this played out on a chart too, I've said many times a technical[...]

  • Market News | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Education | Feb 26, 2015, 8:00 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.26.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.26.15

    Big News at CBOE this morning, with CBOE announcing licensing agreement with London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), to develop and list options based on more than two dozen FTSE and Russell indices and new products as well.   Scroll down to previous blog to get the details, we're excited about this. Weekly Claims rose 31K, the most in 14 months.  US stock futures have turned lower, Oil off almost 3%, near $49.50bbl. Volatility as an asset class Salesforce.com (CRM) is up $7.73 to $70.60[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Feb 25, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Combining CBOE and MSCI Gives Investors the World

    Combining CBOE and MSCI Gives Investors the World

    In a few weeks CBOE will begin listing options on two of the widely followed MSCI Indexes. This addition of cash settled index options on the MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Market Indexes will result in investors being able to gain exposure to just about every investible market in the world by trading at CBOE. After such a bold statement, an explanation is definitely in order. Before discussing the world I’ll address the United States. On a notional basis the S&P 500 (SPX) Index option market[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Feb 24, 2015, 1:30 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 2000 Iron Condor

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 2000 Iron Condor

    Checking in on trading activity in my favorite index, the Russell 2000, I came across a fairly interesting trade using short dated options from around 11:00 Monday morning. I say around 11:00 because the trader legged into an Iron Condor. A couple of minutes before 11:00 200 of the RUT Mar 6th 1180 Puts were sold at 2.75 with 200 of the RUT Mar 6th 1160 Puts purchased for 1.47 which comes to a net credit of 1.28. At the time of this execution the Russell 2000 was at 1224.52 so it appears the trader[...]

  • Anticipating MSCI EAFE Index Option Price Behavior

    Anticipating MSCI EAFE Index Option Price Behavior

    Over the next few weeks there is going to be a lot going on at CBOE. The Options Institute will be turning 30 soon, VIX and SPX option hours are going to be expanded to a 2:00 am Chicago opening, and the always informative US version of the CBOE Risk Management Conference will be held in early March. However, what is on the horizon that has me the most excited is the launch of index option trading on two of the widely followed MSCI family of indexes. As a side note - my interest in new[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | Feb 17, 2015, 9:45 AM

    Textbook Breakout, Will It Confirm? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Textbook Breakout, Will It Confirm? - Weekly Market Outlook

    While most everyone knows last week was a good one for the market, it may not be clear just how eventful it really was.  The S&P 500's (SPX) (SPY) 2.0% gain last week carried the index to record highs and a record high close. On the surface it's technically bullish, so we'll take the clue at face value.  We'll also point out, however, most of the recent surges like last week's ended up turning tail pretty quickly.  We'll still need to keep things on a short leash until this breakout[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Jan 15, 2015, 7:30 PM

    Block Trade - Deep OTM RUT Put Spread from 1/14

    Block Trade - Deep OTM RUT Put Spread from 1/14

    I know this is a bit dated, but looking at Wednesday’s block trades something stood out to me in the Russell 2000 Index (RUT) option arena. A large (over 20,000 contracts) block trade went off in the RUT Jan 23rd 1060 and RUT Jan 23rd 1070 Puts. The trade was a far out of the money bull put spread with the RUT Jan 23rd 1070 Puts being sold for 1.15 and the RUT Jan 23rd 1060 Puts being purchased for 1.00 and a net credit of 0.15. As will all vertical credit spreads the maximum profit for this[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jan 1, 2015, 2:17 PM

    Russell 2000 Volatility in 2014

    Russell 2000 Volatility in 2014

    As tough as 2014 was for small cap stock performance as represented by the Russell 2000 (RUT – 1204.70) the index did manage to put up a positive year. At the end of the third quarter the RUT was down just over 5% on the year so all the gains (and then some) for small cap stocks came in the fourth quarter. For most of 2014 the risk perception for holding small cap stocks was justifiably high. I wrote about this earlier this week in a blog about what the CBOE Russell 2000 Index[...]