• VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 13, 2017, 9:17 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 5/8/2017 - 5/12/2017

    VIX was slightly lower on the week despite the S&P 500 dropping as well.  The near dated futures worked lower with May finishing Friday at premium of just over 0.80 as that contract goes off the board this coming week.  From August and beyond the futures were actually higher which creates a pretty steep curve below. On Tuesday, we got what I am going to refer to as a MOAVCS (Mother of all VIX Call Spreads).  Near the end of the day a trader came in and purchased at least 195,000[...]

  • May 10, 2017, 2:05 PM

    SPXW Weekly Options A.D.V. Rises above 500,000, as 3rd Friday SPXW Options Now Are Available

    By Matt Moran This week I received inquiries about the trends in options volume. The large-sized SPXW Weekly options have successfully seen volume growth over each the past seven years. Key points about SPXW Weekly options include – VOLUME. Average daily volume (a.d.v.) in the first four months of 2017 was 500,964 contracts, (up 30% over the a.d.v. for the full year of 2016; see Exhibit 1 below); MANY EXPIRATIONS. SPXW Weeklys options have expirations on ten upcoming dates in May[...]

  • May 9, 2017, 9:34 AM

    Millennials Can Secure a Financial Future For Their Kids, Too

    Last week we talked about how the Millennials can get a jump on securing their financial future.  It can be as easy as putting a small amount of money aside regularly each week and month.  Today's article talks about being proactive and saving for the next generation.  It is mission critical to take an aggressive role to get them off to a good start, as the financial future for them and our country looks murky. With the financial constraints that may be encountered down the road,[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 7, 2017, 7:24 PM

    Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/1/2017 - 5/5/2017

    Large cap stocks widened the performance spread with small cap stocks with the Russell 1000 (RUI) gaining and the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropping a bit last week.  For the year, RUI is up 7.13% while RUT is up 2.94%. VIX dropped last week, but the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) was higher.  Admittedly, RVX was up only 0.02 but when combined with the VIX drop of 0.25 the result is a slight widening of the spread between RVX and VIX.  One trader put on a position late Friday[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 7, 2017, 7:21 PM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/1/2017 - 5/5/2017

    The chart below may be one of the final references to the French Election which came to an end this weekend.  Note VXST, which reflects the IV of very short term SPX options was elevated going into the weekend.  I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that a quick drop in VXST may be in the cards come Monday morning.  SKEW dropping dramatically last week may be the last bastion of higher volatility dropping.  This happened despite VIX dropping which makes the[...]

  • May 7, 2017, 4:30 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/7/2017

    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.      CBOE Bats New York Office Squares Off On Thursday, CBOE-Bats’ New York office participated in the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, where runners took a unique one-mile path around the city’s Financial District.  One of CBOE’s two teams finished in 9th place out of a total of[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 6, 2017, 9:57 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 5/1/2017 - 5/5/2017

    VIX managed to (briefly) put in a post Great Financial Crisis low hitting 9.90 on Monday and sneaking in a 9.99 low on Friday as well.  Full disclosure, I didn’t even see the 9.99 print on Friday, but then again, we are getting conditioned against getting too excited when VIX dips below 10.  Worth noting below is the bigger drop in the May future when compared to spot VIX.  Typically, we see this closer to expiration, but when there’s very little on the horizon that the[...]

  • Earnings | May 5, 2017, 1:55 PM

    Earnings Week of 5/8/2017 - 5/12/2017

    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 4, 2017, 3:29 PM

    What's Trading: AIG Straddles and Strangles into Earnings

    AIG options were active into expiration. There's been speculation about their search for a new CEO as well as potential stock buyback plans. AIG beat on the top and bottom line during an earnings cycle that has generally been quite strong. They also announced a $2.5 billion repurchase plan. We take a look at the Weekly ATM straddle as well as a June OTM strangle going into and coming out of the "event". Full Video below:

  • May 3, 2017, 3:47 PM

    What's Trading: Allstate (ALL) Call Spread into Earnings

    Long high volatility premium? Learn how verticals reduce exposure to high or low volatility options. ALL trader succeeds in managing high volatility option purchase by offsetting position with selling high volatility out-of-the-money option.   $ALL #Allstate

  • Earnings | May 2, 2017, 5:09 PM

    Earnings Week of 5/1/2017 - 5/4/2017

    We hit the busiest part of earnings season this 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 2, 2017, 2:37 PM

    What's Trading: Dell Technologies (DVMT)

    LiveVol Pro Scanner allows me to find big trades just like this one in DVMT. DVMT has had a nice run since late last year and we got a trader who thinks this uphill climb is going to hit a slippery slope sometime this year. Implied volatility is signaling about a $10 move up or down between now and December expiration and the forecast is choosing down. Time decay is next to nothing right now but he is long .07 vega so an increase in implied volatility would be favorable. There is a significant[...]

  • May 1, 2017, 10:06 AM

    Aiding Millennials to Achieve Financial Security and Independence

    As the dad of two upstanding children of the millennials generation, I'm excited about their future as the embark on their journey to conquer the world.  My kids turn 18 and 20 in May, and there is nobody more proud of their accomplishments than me.  My daughter is about the graduate high school with a strong GPA, works part time, has interests in politics and diplomacy along with an enormous talent in the arts (theater, song and dance).  She is off to college this fall. My son is[...]

  • Apr 30, 2017, 3:30 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 4/30/2017

    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.      CBOE Turns 44 On April 26, 1973, CBOE created the listed options industry.  911 contracts on 16 stocks changed hands on that fateful first day 44 years ago this week.   Now, with four different options markets, CBOE’s options platforms trade an average of nearly seven million contracts[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Apr 30, 2017, 9:10 AM

    Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/24/2017 - 4/28/2017

    S&P 500 implied volatility was dramatically lower last week.  Of significance is VXV which hit 2017 lows.  I’m teamed up with an academic putting the final touches on a study showing that VXV leads VIX so this may be a signal that the low for VIX in 2017 hasn’t be established and a close below 10.00 is a distinct possibility.  Beyond the long ETPs on the table, which had a pretty tough week, are some other markets worth noting.  First, TYVIX, which was over[...]