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  • Market News | Oct 20, 2015, 4:45 PM

    New Cash-Settled Options on Russell 1000 Indexes – Large-cap, Growth and Value

    New Cash-Settled Options on Russell 1000 Indexes – Large-cap, Growth and Value

    (My colleague Rick Rosenthal contributed text to this blog; Rick focuses on CBOE options on FTSE-Russell indexes). On October 20 CBOE launched new cash-settled options on three indexes – Russell 1000® Index (RUI) – is preferred by many investment managers as a broad-based index that represents approximately 92% of the total U.S. equity market. Russell 1000® Growth Index (RLG) - measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies determined to have higher price-to-book[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Oct 18, 2015, 12:36 PM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 10/12 - 10/16

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 10/12 - 10/16

    Large cap stocks gained and small cap stocks were lower last week with the Russell 1000 (RUI) moving up by 0.77% while the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropped 0.26%.  For the year RUI is down 1.25% and RUT has given up 3.52%. The implied volatility differential finished the week with the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) at about a 20% premium to VIX which is pretty close to the average level for this year.  For the moment the risk perception for small cap stocks is at levels[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Oct 11, 2015, 8:30 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 - 10/5 - 10/9

    The Week in Russell 2000 - 10/5 - 10/9

    The 4.6% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT) was the biggest one week gain since late October 2014 when (I think) the market was rebounding from an ebola scare.  Large cap stocks participated in the rally with the Russell 1000 (RUI) rising 3.26%, but this lagged the rebound in small cap stocks.  Despite the ‘win’ for RUT, the Russell 2000 still lags the Russell 1000 by over 1% for 2015 (-3.27 vs. -2.00%). If this past week were homecoming at Volatility High School the[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Trade Ideas | Oct 4, 2015, 7:30 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/28 - 10/2

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/28 - 10/2

    For the second week in a row large cap stocks outperformed small cap stocks by about 1.5%.  The big difference this week was that the Russell 1000 (RUI) was higher while the Russell 2000 (RUT) lost value.  The previous week RUI lost less than RUT, but both had pretty lousy weeks.  For the year RUI is now down a little more than 5% while RUT has lost just over 7.5%. The CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility (RVX) index finished the week at a little over a 10% premium to VIX.  This lack[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 27, 2015, 2:20 PM

    New White Paper Discusses Volatility as a Small Cap Portfolio Hedge

    New White Paper Discusses Volatility as a Small Cap Portfolio Hedge

    A new white paper from our partners over at Russell Indexes Research discusses the merits of using futures on the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) to hedge small cap risk.  In the paper “RVX futures as a hedge for small cap-specific risk” Barry Feldman covers volatility products that are currently available to hedge downside risk in equity portfolios and then goes on to compare using VIX futures and RVX futures to hedge a small cap focused portfolio. Feldman uses the market[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 27, 2015, 7:01 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/21 - 9/25

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/21 - 9/25

    For the previous couple of weeks small cap stocks were the place to be.  That fad came to an abrupt end last week as the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropped almost 3.5%.  Over the same period of time the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) was lower by 1.57%.  In addition to trailing RUI for the week, RUT is now 6.8% lower for 2015 while the RUI is down 5.92%. For a while it appeared the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) was going to return to ‘normal’ levels when compared[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Sep 20, 2015, 7:00 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/14 - 9/18

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/14 - 9/18

    Once the dust had settled last week, large cap stocks dropped slightly with the Russell 1000 losing 0.10%.  Small cap stocks were the place to be, at least on a week over week basis, as the Russell 2000 rose 0.48%.  It was a frantic trading week due to the first FOMC meeting in a very long time that had some debate and uncertainty as to what the ‘Fed was going to do’.  They did nothing and small cap stocks liked it more than large cap stocks. The relationship between the[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Trade Ideas | Sep 13, 2015, 2:06 PM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/8 - 9/11

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 9/8 - 9/11

    Small and large cap stocks moved higher in sync last week with both the Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT) gaining about 2%.  Both are still lower for the year with RUI down 4.32% and RUT down 3.89%. On the volatility front VIX finished the week at about a 5% discount to the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX).  Historically RVX is usually at about a 20% premium to VIX, however, in times of global crisis or higher levels of volatility the two tend to converge.  The recent[...]

  • The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/31 - 9/4

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/31 - 9/4

    The Russell 1000 (RUI) was down 3.31% last week and the Russell 2000 (RUT) lost 2.3%.  This outperformance (I know it doesn’t feel like outperformance) of small caps leads me to ponder the true concerns of market participants that actually put money to work.  The press continues to focus on the Fed’s next move, which will be known in just under two weeks on September 17th.  However, small cap stocks, as a group, are more exposed to the domestic economy than large cap stocks. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 24, 2015, 8:20 PM

    VIX and Volatility Markets Today - 8/24/2015

    VIX and Volatility Markets Today - 8/24/2015

    First, a quick discussion of the VIX quotes from early today.  Just as the equity market opened the S&P 500 E-mini futures went limit down.  Market makers in the SPX pit at CBOE use the futures for hedging purposes so it was difficult for the traders in the pit to asses where the equity market was going and this created a pause is quoting.  Following the limit down situation there was spotty quoting in SPX and SPXW options so VIX values were not being disseminated.  The VIX[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Aug 16, 2015, 5:45 AM

    Last Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/10 - 8/14

    Last Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/10 - 8/14

    Large cap stocks eked out a win last week with the Russell 1000 (RUI) rising 0.69% versus a 0.48% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT). The chart below indexes the performance for RUI and RUT to 100 at the beginning of 2015 for an apples to apples comparison. Despite RUT and RUI basically performing in line with each other, large cap risk, as indicated by index option pricing, dropped a bit relative to small cap risk. The chart below displays the percent premium of the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Aug 14, 2015, 2:28 PM

    A Rocky Week for the Russell 2000!

    A Rocky Week for the Russell 2000!

    The Russell 2000 similar to the broader market, whipped around this week. The Index closed last night (Thursday)  around the low of the day - 1,204.74. Early today (Friday) RUT is barely budging at 1,205, but the options are really on the move. The CBOE RVX, which measures implied volatility going 30 days out, also has an anxious feel this week. The RVX Index topped 21 earlier this week, closed last night at 18.54 and today is 18.62 as uncertainty builds about what's next for RUT and[...]

  • Market News | Aug 9, 2015, 11:04 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/3 - 8/7

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/3 - 8/7

    The Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 2.57% last week, over twice the drop that occurred in the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI). This puts large cap stock performance solidly in the lead relative to small caps in 2015. For the year RUT is now up (a strong word for this) 0.18% while RUI is up 1.25%. We saw a strong move in the relationship between small cap and large cap volatility last week. Probably the best way to measure this is to compare the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) with VIX[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 2, 2015, 8:54 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/27 - 7/31

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/27 - 7/31

    I was on the road for CBOE and on the other side of the world recently so I missed some of the market action of late. I knew the Russell 2000 (RUT) was lagging, but was honestly surprised to see that the small cap dominated RUT performance for 2015 is basically in line with large cap stocks which is represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI) below.  My impression was that China and Greece (storm that has passed - for the moment) were dominating the news.  However, the relative performance[...]

  • Market News | Jul 20, 2015, 11:55 AM

    Russell 2000 Index Lags on Today’s Rally

    Russell 2000 Index Lags on Today’s Rally

    The momentum in technology and health care stocks continue to lead the large cap U.S. equity market higher.  Alternatively, the Russell 2000 small cap index is trading lower as today’s price action is hovering down towards its 50 day moving average (1258.11). The divergence between the small cap and large cap indices is reflected in their respective volatility indexes. The RVX – VIX spread chart highlights a widening spread as RVX +.49  higher and VIX -.35 from Friday’s[...]