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  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 16, 2015, 12:44 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.16.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.16.15

    Volatility as an asset class PNC Financial (PNC) is recently up $1.49 to $83.90 after reporting Q4 EPS $1.84, compared to consensus $1.74. February call option implied volatility is at 22, May is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 18. Comerica (CMA) is recently up 51c to $41.74 after reporting Q4 EPS 80c, compared to consensus 77c. February call option implied volatility is at 30, April is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 22. SunTrust (STI) is recently up $1.33 to $38.04 after reporting[...]

  • Market News | Blogging Options | Jan 16, 2015, 7:57 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.16.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.16.15

    December CPI off 0.4% (consensus -0.3%.  Energy contributed -4% to this drop).  X-Food & Energy rose 1.6% (+1.75 expected).   Industrial production fell 0.1% in December.  Markets still weighing Swiss bank move with US futures lower.  A trader tells us that Implied Volatility on the Swiss Franc going into yesterday's session was under 2%!  The perils of being short Vol!  Option Expiration this afternoon, bond traders with early hours today. Markets closed[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 15, 2015, 12:43 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.15.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.15.15

    Volatility as an asset class Citi (C) is recently down $1.24 to $47.83 on the money center sees FY15 revenue growth for Citicorp in low to mid-single digit percentage.  January weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, February is at 27, March is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 22. Lennar (LEN) is recently down $3.40 to $42.37 on the home builder says it’s still in early stages of 'protracted, slow growth' housing recovery. February call option implied volatility is at[...]

  • Market News | Jan 15, 2015, 7:55 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.15.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.15.15

    Swiss National Bank unattached from the Euro and European stock & Currency markets are wild this morning.  Unclear what the impact on US markets will be, talking heads on business channels may be talking their position - the more outraged they are the shorter the Swiss they may be.  Weekly claims made a surprising jump to 316K, highest level in seven months.   Wholesale Prices dropped 0.3%, but the Core Rate (less Food & Energy) jumped 0.3%.  Oil prices continue yesterday's[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 14, 2015, 11:47 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.14.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.14.15

    Volatility as an asset class JPMorgan (JPM) is down $2.54 to $56.29 after reporting Q4 EPS $1.19, consensus $1.31. January call option implied volatility is at 29, February is at 24, April is at 23, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19. Wells Fargo (WFC) is off 79c to $51.06 after reporting in line Q4 EPS of $1.02.  January call option implied volatility is at 23, February and April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18. General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 14, 2015, 7:55 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.14.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.14.15

    JP Morgan off over $1 on missing top and bottom line estimates.  Overseas news started stocks lower with Italian Premier resigning, the Euro falling to a multi-year low and copper prices collapsing.  US December Retail Sales, estimated to benefit with falling oil prices, fell 0.9% (sharpest drop in 2 1/2 years) X-Autos and Oil Sales fell 0.4%.  10-year trades 1.79%.   GPRO, hammered yesterday, stabilizes above $50 after AAPL enters remote camera market. ~32 K VIX Futures trade[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 13, 2015, 11:49 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.13.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.13.15

    Volatility as an asset class Costco (COST) is recently up 62c to $143.17 after Goldman Sachs downgraded citing the recent valuation expansion and its belief the retailer’s earnings momentum is close to peaking.  January call option implied volatility is at 17, February is at 16, July is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 16. Monster Beverage (MNST) is recently up $3.97 to $115.93 after Stifel raised its price target on the stock and Wells Fargo downgraded the shares to Market Perform[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 13, 2015, 9:21 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.13.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.13.15

    Stocks look stronger across the board, Crude down, US Dollar higher.  Growing optimism on Q1 Earnings after Alcoa beat last night.  VIX looks down one point.  Volatility as an asset class Alcoa (AA) is down $0.10 to $16.30 in the premarket after beating Wall Street estimates on both the top and bottom line.  January call option implied volatility is at 59, February is at 39, April is at 34, July is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 32. Best Buy (BBY) is up $0.40 to $39.49[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 12, 2015, 11:32 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.12.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.12.15

    Volatility as an asset class Auto manufacturer’s option implied volatility is mixed as the North American International Auto Show begins in Detroit. General Motors Co. (GM) over all option implied volatility of 27 compares to its 26-week average of 26. Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) over all option implied volatility of 20 compares to its 26-week average of 19. Tesla (TSLA) over all option implied volatility of 43 compares to its 26-week average of 46. Ford (F) over all option implied volatility of[...]

  • Market News | Jan 12, 2015, 8:15 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.12.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.12.15

    US stocks higher, oil lower by 3%  in early trade, a repeat of what we've seen for the last several weeks.  Alcoa starts off the quarterly earnings reports after the close, Jolts report tomorrow could be an interesting read. If you're not a believer in Social Media, over 750 K tweets in 15 minutes after Dez Bryant catch/non-catch in Dallas / Green Bay game yesterday.  Volatility as an asset class NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) is up $3.57 to $45.48 in the premarket on Shire (SHPG) acquiring[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Jan 9, 2015, 2:49 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/9/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/9/2015

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. 2014: A Banner Year   Options trading in 2014 reached a new all-new high as industry volume rose 4% in 2014 from 2013. “Bull Market Hedging Was Boon for Exchange Volume in ’14: Options” – Sofia Horta e Costa and Inyoung Hwang, Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1BIRisY CBOE Holdings Reports Record[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Jan 9, 2015, 1:45 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.9.14

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.9.14

    Volatility as an asset class President Obama announced that he would ask Congress to provide free community college tuition for all Americans who are "willing to work for it". Publicly traded education companies in the space have flat option implied volatility. American Public Education (APEI) overall option implied volatility of 32 compares to its 26-week average of 34. Apollo Education (APOL) overall option implied volatility of 35 compares to its 26-week average of 36. Bridgepoint Education[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Jan 9, 2015, 8:09 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.9.15

    Blogging Options:  CBOE Morning Update 1.9.15

    NFP for December climbed to 252K (240K to 244K expected), Jobless rate fell from 5.8% to 5.6% (5.7% expected).  November jobs revised higher.  The negative side of the report was the Participation Rate fell to a 37-year low (451K dropped out last month), and Average Wages dropped a surprising 0.2%. Volatility as an asset class Bed Bath and Beyond (BBBY) is down $3.55 to $75.90 in the premarket on Q3 profit falling 5%. January weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, January is at[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Jan 8, 2015, 1:00 PM

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report 1.8.15

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report 1.8.15

    // Oil, earnings and stocks with hot options action are all coming your way.  I'm Angela Miles covering Weeklys set to expire tomorrow. Next Friday is a traditional options expiration. Let's get rolling with oil. Oil futures are trading below $50 per barrel this week. In weekly options for BP there are traders taking at-the-money positions at the 36 strike as the stock trades $36. Options contracts are considered expensive[...]

  • Blogging Options | Jan 8, 2015, 12:31 PM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.8.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.8.15

    Stocks headed higher at the opening and haven't looked back.  Option volume busy mid-day, as CBOE & C2 trade over 3.1mm of 11.1 million contracts.  SPX trades over 560K and VIX options with 270K.  VIX futures show 100K+ trading.  Volatility as an asset class: Proshares UltraShort  20 Year Treasury ETF (TBT) is up $1.12 to $43.71 as rates pullback from a recent rise on continued expectations global central banks will continue its stimulus program. Overall option implied[...]