AAPL Calls Purchased in Front of Earnings

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Feb 20, 2015, 7:48 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.20.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.20.15

    European markets turn slightly negative as Greece situation not resolved yet.  DE earnings beat lowered estimates but pared back guidance has shares off $1.25 to $90.46.  WMT said to be downgraded by Barclay's, drops $1.00 to $82.52. Gold & Oil higher, US$ higher. Watch for bumpy early session on Greece deal/no deal.  Options volume average Thursday, SPX trades over 1mm contracts. Volatility as an asset class: Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK), sellers emerged in late trading,[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Feb 19, 2015, 2:50 PM

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report for 2.19.15

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report for 2.19.15

    // I'm Angela Miles covering weekly options. Tomorrow, traditional options expire and next Friday Feb. 27 it's a Weekly's expiration. A busy earnings week is ahead starting Monday with SINA. The options paper is surprisingly light in the early going and the market is wide in SINA. That is likely to pick up into earnings the Chinese internet company tends to be popular with traders. The straddle at the 38 strike prices in at[...]

  • 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 | Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Feb 13, 2015, 1:45 PM

    Weekly Market Commentary 2.13.15

    Weekly Market Commentary 2.13.15

    The Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) has finally broken out of the 1990-2065 trading range that had contained it for nearly two months. The breakout was not easily achieved, nor is it uniformly confirmed by all of the other indicators, but it is in place. As for support, there should be ample support at 2065 and at several levels below that, all the way to the bottom of the trading range, at 1990. Equity-only put-call ratios rolled over to buy signals a week ago Tuesday. You can see from the[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Feb 12, 2015, 1:54 PM

    Weekly Weekly's for 2.12.15

    Weekly Weekly's for 2.12.15

    // Apple officially dominates the world in terms of market cap and it’s a major play in weekly options. I’m Angela Miles reporting today on weekly options expiring this Friday, the 13th. Next Friday is a traditional options expiration. Traders and investors are taking a shine to Apple this week as the stock breaks out to new highs. Today AAPL is trading around $126. Plenty of call buyers are moving into the market[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 12, 2015, 12:17 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.12.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.12.15

    Stocks push higher on calming of tensions in Ukraine.  Gold and Oil off fractionally, 10-year yield off 2-basis points.  European equities closed higher, FTSE up 9.96 points. Option activity picked in the first half of todays session.  With ~10.2 mm options contracts trading, SPX with 555K, VIX options showed 290K, 1.4mm SPY options change hands.  AAPL traded 1.25m contracts, BIDU, CSCO and GOOG options fairly busy. Baidu (BIDU) is down $9.98 to $204.72 after the Chinese internet[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Feb 10, 2015, 9:45 AM

    The Market is Mired in a Confidence Crisis

    The Market is Mired in a Confidence Crisis

    There really is no other way to explain the twists and turns of this market other than increasing doubts that higher prices can continue. We're not talking about outrageous valuations and lack of investing control as we saw back in the late 90's. No, I am referring to self-doubt and the confidence crisis that was created from the global financial collapse just six short years ago. The confidence built by the Fed through several monetary programs reached peak levels recently. While we tend to like[...]

  • Education | Strategy | Feb 9, 2015, 2:34 PM

    New White Paper Explores a Leveraged Approach Applying the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index

    New White Paper Explores a Leveraged Approach Applying the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index

    As a follow up to a BXY white paper we produced a few months ago, Mark Sebastian, Hannah Chody, and I just completed “A Leveraged Portfolio Management Approach Applying The CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index”. Highlights include – An analysis of PUT returns versus the total return for the S&P 500 over the last 26 years Examinations of how leveraging PUT returns can result in superior absolute and risk adjusted returns A demonstration of how to implement a leveraged PUT strategy The[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Feb 9, 2015, 1:45 PM

    SPX Range & Oil Key Juncture - Weekly Market Outlook

    SPX Range & Oil Key Juncture - Weekly Market Outlook

    Despite Friday's modest stumble, last week was clearly a good one for the market, bringing it back from the brink of a significant correction and putting it back within reach of a significant breakout.  Yet, as has been the case too many times over the past couple of months, the bulls just couldn't deliver the knockout blow to the bears when they needed to the most.  This isn't to say it's not going to happen.  It is to say, however, it's definitely not a done deal and a move back[...]

  • Weekly Market Commentary 2.6.15

    Weekly Market Commentary 2.6.15

    The stock market has had a strong week. Even so, $SPX remains within the general confines of the 1990-2065 trading range, on a closing basis. We still await a breakout from that range in order to establish an intermediate-term trend. In something of a surprise, both equity-only put-call ratios rolled over to buy signals after Tuesday's trading this week. The computer programs that we use to monitor these charts were right on top of this new signal. Market breadth has been jumping back[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Feb 6, 2015, 10:45 AM

    Extended Trading Hours Planned for March in SPX and VIX Options

    Extended Trading Hours Planned for March in SPX and VIX Options

    Investors from around the world have expressed interest in Extended Trading Hours (ETH) for key risk management tools, and, since June 2014, the trading hours for futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) have been expanded to nearly 24 hours a day, five days a week. PLANS FOR ETH FOR SPX AND VIX OPTIONS NEXT MONTH CBOE announced a plan this morning to launch Extended Trading Hours for options on both the S&P 500 and the VIX indexes next month, contingent upon SEC approval. CBOE[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | Feb 2, 2015, 1:30 PM

    Bearish Signs Continue - Weekly Market Outlook 2.2.15

    Bearish Signs Continue - Weekly Market Outlook 2.2.15

    While there's no denying last week was a rough one for the market, from one perspective, stocks still look like they've got a chance at recovering again. From another perspective though, the floor has already been broken, opening the door to a much more substantial dip. We'll take a look at how the market may already be past the point of no return in a moment. Let's first take a look at the economic numbers that ultimately spurred the sell-off last week. Economic Data Last week was relatively busy[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Feb 1, 2015, 11:52 AM

    Dissecting VIX Volume Trends

    Dissecting VIX Volume Trends

    I was lucky enough to join The Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in April 2009. This has been a wonderful place to work as each day is different and almost every day I learn something new. Back in high school, a discipline heavy all-boys school, the head football coach was my homeroom teacher for freshman year. Coach Nix would send us off with the same words each day, “If you learn one new thing each day this year you will know a lot of new things at the end of the year.”[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Feb 1, 2015, 7:20 AM

    The Week in VIX - 1/26 - 1/30

    The Week in VIX - 1/26 - 1/30

    The stock market continues to be jittery with the S&P 500 dropping almost 3% last week.  This price action resulted in a 25% move higher in VIX. I was in the classroom most of Friday so I wasn’t as focused as I would like to have been on the intraday price action. I was pretty surprised to see the February future settle at a premium to the index. With VIX over 20 we would expect at least a little backwardation. I could understand the shape of the curve below if February settlement[...]