• Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 4, 2017, 12:57 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    Small caps had a nice week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) rising 1.67% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was up 1.01%.  The large cap lead narrowed a bit, but the RUT still lags RUI by just over 5% year to date.  Continued low levels for VIX dominate the CBOE Russell 2000 (RVX) to VIX ratio which remains at historically high levels.  VIX under 10.00 and RVX over 15.00 results in a ratio in the mid- 50% range to end the week.   Mid-day Wednesday, with RUT around 1360 a bullish trade[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 3, 2017, 8:31 PM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT week over week curve change only has one noticeable move.  VXST was up nicely last week, but we are going to attribute the whole move to the 3 day weekend effect and say the curve was basically unchanged.  The long volatility funds drifted down and short volatility ruled the week with SVXY rising 2% and relative newcomer VMIN gaining 2.2% last week.  Worth noting below is VVIX which remains above 80.00 despite VIX closing for the second[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 3, 2017, 7:40 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    VIX dropped slightly as the S&P 500 powered to more all-time highs last week.  The slight drop in VIX can be attributed to the already extremely low level that it closed last week.  The futures all dropped a little as well, which may be more about moving along in time than lower volatility expectations.  VIX closed under 10.00 more times this year than any other year in history.  The average for VIX is historically low as well in 2017.  So, why is the short VIX trade[...]

  • Jun 2, 2017, 8:58 AM

    VIX Index Closes Below 10 Again, as Professor Called VIX Level the Biggest Financial Mystery

    VIX Index Closes Below 10 Again, as Professor Called VIX Level the Biggest Financial Mystery

    On June 1st the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) closed at 9.89. June 1st marked only the 14th day on which the VIX Index closed below 10 (its price history begins in 1990). Six of the 14 days on which the VIX Index closed below 10 occurred in 2017 (see Exhibit 1 below for a list of all 14 dates). REMARKS AT CFA ANNUAL CONFERENCE On May 21 through 24 I listened to several outstanding speakers 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Speakers’ remarks that were among the most[...]

  • Jun 1, 2017, 9:24 AM

    ETH Option Volume Continues to Grow

    ETH Option Volume Continues to Grow

      May turned out to be CBOE’s second highest volume month during the Exchange’s Extended Trading Hours options session.  Average daily volume during ETH in May was 11,763 contracts per day, surpassed only by November’s 14,118 contracts per day.  However, May’s volume was much more consistent, as opposed to the November volume which was highly concentrated in a single trading day in the wake of the U.S. Presidential election.  More market participants appear[...]

  • Market News | May 31, 2017, 8:14 PM

    June is Reconstruction Time for FTSE Russell Indexes

    June is Reconstruction Time for FTSE Russell Indexes

    When Memorial Day comes around most people start to think about their summer plans or how they are going to entertain their children until school starts back.  Of course I’m not like most people and when we enter June my thoughts are all about the Russell Reconstitution process.  Before joining CBOE I would monitor the reconstitution process and try to trade around stocks that were going to be added or deleted from the Russell 2000. Now as an employee of CBOE I monitor the process[...]

  • Earnings | May 30, 2017, 6:23 PM

    Earnings Week of 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    Earnings Week of 5/30/2017 - 6/2/2017

    It is a short week, but we still have a few companies reporting.  The stocks below have Weeklys available for trading and the numbers represent the last 12 quarters of one day price reactions to their announcement.  As always double check the dates as none have been confirmed.

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 28, 2017, 9:36 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    VXST closed Friday at an all-time low of 7.60 which sounds impressive until you hear that for VXST the history we have to work with only goes back to 2011.  I am going to make a bold prediction and say that VXST will move higher when the market reopens on Tuesday.  Read that as sarcasm as VXST has never followed a three-day weekend without moving higher.  After having a short period of upward movement, the VIX related funds gave back performance and then some last week.  The[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 28, 2017, 8:40 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures - 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    VIX finished the week at 9.81, just a tad above the post 2008 lows put in earlier this month.  The June 2017 VIX cycle is five weeks long so there’s still plenty of time until June 21st expiration.  The result is one of the steepest curves a can recall in the six years of posting these weekend blogs.  Friday, about an hour into the trading day, there was an interesting bull put spread executed in the VIX pit.  With VIX at 9.80 and the June 7th VIX Future at 10.80 someone[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 27, 2017, 12:56 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    Large cap dominance continued last week as the Russell 1000 (RUI) gained 1.41% last week outdoing the Russell 2000 (RUT) performance of 1.09%.  For the year RUI is just a little under 6% ahead of RUT. With VIX finishing the week below 10.00 the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) level relative to VIX is at high levels.  That is really more of a function of low volatility across the board, but continued underperformance of small caps is probably a contributing factor as well. [...]

  • Earnings | May 22, 2017, 10:10 AM

    Earnings Week of 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    Earnings Week of 5/22/2017 - 5/26/2017

    Things are starting to taper a bit, but not too much as there are several companies with Weeklys reporting next week.  The stocks below have Weeklys available for trading and the numbers represent the last 12 quarters of one day price reactions to their announcement.  As always double check the dates as none have been confirmed.

  • May 21, 2017, 4:30 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/21/2017

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/21/2017

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets.      The CBOE Honors On Wednesday evening, CBOE honored former Chairman and CEO Bill Brodsky at a farewell gala in the grand ballroom of Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, attended by hundreds of financial industry professionals. Current CBOE Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly presented Bill and Joan[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 21, 2017, 5:55 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/15/2017 - 5/19/2017

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/15/2017 - 5/19/2017

    The week over week VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve moved higher and appears to have done so in a very parallel fashion.  Since the week over week change doesn’t do the actual activity justice so I added the Wednesday closing curve to the graphic below.  I was honestly a little surprised at how little the S&P 500 dropped on a week over week basis and double checked the number.  I made a joking prediction Thursday morning that we would retrace the Trump Dump[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 20, 2017, 5:23 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/15/2017 to 5/19/2017

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/15/2017 to 5/19/2017

    Small caps did not have a good week, despite the rebound in the equity markets after Wednesday’s swoon.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) was down over 1% last week actually dipping into negative territory for 2017 before recovering at the end of the week.  Large cap stocks as represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI) held up better than small caps with RUI down only 0.40% for the week. When volatility spikes the relative move is usually greater for VIX that the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 20, 2017, 5:14 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 5/15/2017 to 5/19/2017

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 5/15/2017 to 5/19/2017

    The term structure and payoff below does not do any justice to what those of us that focus on VIX and related markets this past week.  In fact, when the dust settled, all the standard futures were hardly changed on the week. Just to record what did happen last week I made a second term structure chart that includes the close on Wednesday in addition to the Friday closing curves.  As Wednesday was one of the biggest moves for VIX to the upside in several months, there were a few brave[...]