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  • Jul 10, 2017, 4:00 PM

    What's Trading Now? Spirit Airlines (SAVE)

    What's Trading Now? Spirit Airlines (SAVE)

    Other trades of note: With Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) at 25.01, a trader bought the Jul 21st 25 Calls for 26 cents and sold the Sep 15th 23 Puts for 19 cents. This traded 11,000 times for a net cost of 7 cents. This may be a bullish play on financials into second quarter earnings as a good portion of the XLF weighting reports over the next couple of weeks.    With iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) at 34.52, one trader bought the Jul 21st 35 Calls for 46 cents and sold[...]

  • Jul 6, 2017, 2:03 PM

    What's Trading Now?

    What's Trading Now?

    Other trades of note: VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) at 82.50, a Calendar Spread traded 7,500 times. The trader sold the Jul 21st 80 strike puts and bought the Aug 18th 80 strike puts paying 1.15. PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) at 136.22, a Short Strangle traded 5,000 times. The trader sold the Jul 21st 140 strike calls and the Jul 21st 132.50 strike puts for 1.21.   SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) at 116.36, a Bull Call Spread traded 10,000 times. The trader bought the Sept 15th 120/125 Call spread[...]

  • Jun 27, 2017, 3:54 PM

    What's Trading - PAA OTM Put Spread

    What's Trading - PAA OTM Put Spread

    CBOE Options Institute Instructor, Roma discusses Plains All-American Pipeline (PAA) amid Energy market turbulence. http://bit.ly/2tltQpN Other trades of note: iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI) at 40.09 a Long Straddle traded 5,000 times. The trader bought the Jul 21st 40 strike calls and the Jul 21st 40 strike puts for 1.19. Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) at 53.36 a Long Strangle traded 2,000 times. The trader bought the Aug 18th 54 strike calls and the Aug 18th 53 strike puts for 1.29.[...]

  • Mar 9, 2017, 11:47 AM

    CBOE’s Edward Provost on Exchange’s New Initiatives

    CBOE’s Edward Provost on Exchange’s New Initiatives

    2017 CBOE Risk Management Conference Options Hub Blog Edward Provost Remarks Thursday, March 9, 2017 Day Two of CBOE RMC U.S. kicked off with bittersweet final remarks from CBOE’s Edward Provost, who officially retired as President and COO last week. Provost began with the obvious: CBOE Holdings’ acquisition of Bats Global Markets. “We believe the CBOE-Bats combination will enable us to cement CBOE’s position as the go-to partner for developing cutting-edge trading and investment[...]

  • Market News | Nov 30, 2016, 7:30 PM

    2016 CBOE Risk Management Conference Asia

    2016 CBOE Risk Management Conference Asia

    2016 CBOE Risk Management Conference Asia Options Hub Blog Edward Tilly Remarks Thursday, December 1, 2016 CEO Edward Tilly on CBOE Innovation and Bats Acquisition       Kicking off the start of Day Two of CBOE RMC Asia 2016 in Hong Kong, CBOE Holdings CEO Edward Tilly updated conference attendees on CBOE Holdings’ planned acquisition of Bats Global Markets and on CBOE’s ongoing development of new products, services and tools. Tilly noted that industry participants’[...]

  • Market News | Sep 9, 2016, 4:15 PM

    Emerging & European Equity Performance since Brexit

    Emerging & European Equity Performance since Brexit

    By: Richard Rosenthal - CBOE Director, Business Development Investor interest has been growing in the European and Emerging equity markets as evidenced by significant rallies in some of the major indexes, particularly the FTSE 100 and FTSE China 50. Comparing the performances of the offshore equity markets to the U.S., the outperformance has been impressive since the results of the Brexit announcement on June 24th.   The S&P 500 has rallied +6.6% compared to FTSE 100 +10.5% and FTSE[...]

  • Market News | Jul 9, 2016, 9:54 AM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/8/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/8/2016

    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. More Tools for “Target Outcome Investing” CBOE announced this week that it has created a series of 13 “enhanced growth indexes,” the second in a family of options-based strategy performance benchmarks designed to target the outcomes of specific investment strategies. These benchmarks measure[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Trade Ideas | Jun 28, 2016, 9:19 AM

    How Did the Brexit Timeline Affect Volatility?

    How Did the Brexit Timeline Affect Volatility?

    Editors note - the following blog was put together by a team of interns from CBOE.  Nicholas Ghilardi will be a Junior at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is majoring in Engineering Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Gillian Hood will be Junior at Vanderbilt University and is majoring in Economics with minors in Corporate Strategy and Finance. Noah Silverman will be a Sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis and is majoring in Finance.  Last Thursday,[...]

  • VIX | Futures | Jun 24, 2016, 11:48 AM

    VIX Futures Set Overnight Volume Record

    VIX Futures Set Overnight Volume Record

    The CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®) today announced record volume was set in VIX Futures traded in non-U.S. trading hours with an estimated 235,000 contracts changing hands. Today’s record surpasses the previous single-day record of 140,811 contracts set during the overnight session on August 24, 2015. With the addition of today’s trading data, monthly volume in VIX Futures in non-U.S. trading hours also set a record, with June volume traded in the overnight session totaling an[...]

  • Market News | Jun 3, 2016, 3:25 PM

    CBOE NAMED ‘EXCHANGE OF THE YEAR’ AT GLOBAL CAPITAL AMERICAS DERIVATIVES AWARDS 2016

    CBOE NAMED ‘EXCHANGE OF THE YEAR’ AT GLOBAL CAPITAL AMERICAS DERIVATIVES AWARDS 2016

    CHICAGO, IL – June 3, 2016 -- Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®) announced today that it was named “Exchange of the Year” Thursday night at GlobalCapital’s Americas Derivatives Awards 2016 ceremony in New York City. The annual event honors the companies, platforms, services and products throughout the Americas that have made an impact on the U.S. derivatives industry during the year. Nominations are based on market feedback and research conducted by GlobalCapital.[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Futures | Strategy | May 23, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Smart Volatility(TM): Dynamic Management of Volatility as an Asset Class

    Smart Volatility(TM): Dynamic Management of Volatility as an Asset Class

    Editor's note - David Skordal, Partner/Portfolio Manager, ABR Dynamic Funds, LLC, is the author of this blog The dips in August 2015 and January 2016 have served as reminders that the U.S. equity markets are now in the eighth year of a bull run, and equity crises happen on a regular basis. In the last 30 years, there was Black Monday, the Savings & Loan Crisis, the Russian Financial Crisis, the Tech Bubble Collapse, the Credit Crisis, the Flash Crash, and the Greek Crisis, just to name a few.[...]

  • Market News | Apr 19, 2016, 3:57 PM

    Thinking broadly about emerging markets

    Thinking broadly about emerging markets

    Apr 19, 2016  |  Raman Aylur Subramanian, Equity Applied Research, MSCI Emerging-market equities revived in the first quarter after a rather dismal performance over the past five years. The pickup has left investors to wonder whether the gains might continue and to think anew about how to approach the segment. A pickup in the performance of emerging markets Economic development and the interconnectedness of financial markets have redefined the characteristics of emerging markets to such[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Mar 1, 2016, 8:13 AM

    CBOE Holdings President and COO Edward Provost on Exchange’s New Initiatives

    CBOE Holdings President and COO Edward Provost on Exchange’s New Initiatives

    CBOE Holdings President and COO Edward Provost kicked off Day Two of CBOE RMC U.S. with an update on recent CBOE developments, highlighting numerous CBOE initiatives designed to create new trading opportunities for investors. Provost began by announcing CBOE’s plans to launch FLEX index options with Asian and Cliquet style settlement, citing their relevance to RMC participants working in the insurance field. “Asian and Cliquet FLEX index options are designed to give insurers an alternative[...]

  • Market News | Dec 18, 2015, 12:33 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 12/18/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 12/18/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. AFX Up and Running The new American Financial Exchange (AFX), an electronic marketplace for small and mid-sized banks to lend and borrow short-term funds, launched successfully last Friday. Trading on the first day represented a total value of $15 million in transactions. “MB Financial Bank Trades on New Financial[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Dec 11, 2015, 2:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 12/11/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 12/11/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. A Hero’s Welcome On Wednesday, CBOE hosted recent Congressional Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg for an opening bell-ringing ceremony.  Exchange staff and traders gathered on the CBOE trading floor, cheering patriotically and giving Capt. Groberg a well-deserved hero’s welcome. The[...]