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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | May 1, 2015, 3:06 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/1/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/1/2015

    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. Weeklys – The Short-Term Play Weeklys options, which allow investors to fine-tune the timing of their hedging and trading activities, continue to grow in popularity.  Earlier today, CBOE Holdings announced it will launch VIX Weeklys futures and options in the coming months, pending regulatory review and approval. “Big[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 1, 2015, 12:21 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.1.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.1.15

    Volatility as an asset class FireEye (FEYE) is recently up $3.03 to $44.34 after the information security firm reported a lower than expected Q1 operating loss and provided better than expected guidance. May call option implied volatility is at 41, June is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 59. First Solar (FSLR) is recently down $2.59 to $57.12 after reporting weaker than expected Q1 results but provided higher than expected Q2 EPS guidance. May call option implied volatility is at 34, June[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 1, 2015, 8:13 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.1.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.1.15

    US Futures higher before the opening, gaining back some of yesterday's GDP inspired profit-taking.  May Day in most of Europe and parts of the rest of the world should slow volume today.  ISM & U of Michigan are the reports to watch this morning, with March Construction Spending with an AM release as well. S aturday a sports-lovers dream day, with soccer, NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby and Pacquiao fight, as well as some baseball, NBA & NHL playoffs.  Thousands of football fans[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 30, 2015, 11:49 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.30.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.30.15

    Volatility as an asset class TASER (TASR) is recently up $2.60 to $30.71 on better than expected Q1 results, primarily driven by increased TASER X26P and TASER X2 Smart Weapon sales. May call option implied volatility is at 45, June is at 41, September is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 53. WWE (WWE) is recently down 55c to $13.81 after the entertainment company reported Q1 EPS 13c, compared to consensus 2c.  May call option implied volatility is at 41, June is at 40, July is at 37;[...]

  • Blogging Options | Apr 30, 2015, 7:51 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.30.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.30.15

    Futures soft.  XOM beats on top & bottom line.  Bidu misses.  Some European traders edgy with Russia dropping rates 1.5%, German bonds falling and Greece needing to find pension money in next 36 hours.  March Personal Income flat (+ 0.2% Feb), Spending up 0.4%.  AAPL watch with possible problems trading lower by $0.50.  Volatility as an asset class: Salesforce.com (CRM) is active but off fractionally near $74.45 in the preopen on reports of a possible takeover. May[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 29, 2015, 11:57 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.29.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.29.15

    Volatility as an asset class MasterCard (MA) is recently up 62c to $90.86 on better than expected Q2 profit but warns of currency headwinds.  May weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, May is at 22, June is at 19, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23. Starwood (HOT) is recently up $6.15 to $86.99 after announcing its exploring strategic and financial alternatives. May call option implied volatility is at 27, June is at 24, August is at 25; compared to its 26-week[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 29, 2015, 7:50 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.29.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.29.15

    Q1 GDP showed a fractional gain of 0.2%, off from Q4 2014 2.2% gain and consensus estimate of 1.1% growth.  Weather, Dollar, dock strike - bulls coming forward with multiple excuses.  This on day FED will speak after noon.  Asian shares lower, Europe off as well (DAX down 1.3%). Oil off, Gold higher.  TWTR  with premature release of earnings off 2%.  LL says Justice Dept looking into its wood products, lower by 16%,  Sloppy opening. Volatility as an asset class: GoPro[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 28, 2015, 11:41 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.28.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.28.15

    Volatility as an asset class Merck (MRK) is recently up $2.90 to $60 on better than expected Q1 results and outlook. May call option implied volatility is at 18, June, July and October is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 19. Bristol-Myers (BMY) is recently down to $64.35 on better than expected Q1 results and outlook. May call option implied volatility is at 23, June is 23, September is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 22. UPS (UPS) is recently up $3.44 to $100.86 on better than[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 28, 2015, 7:58 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.28.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.28.15

    Earnings in full swing this morning, led by Big Pharma's.  PFE beat but guided lower, while MRK and BMY were up slightly in the pre-market.  European shares getting whacked (lower by more than 1%) and UK economy slowing at a bad time - two weeks before an election.  Case-Shiller reports Home Prices rising, as expected.  FED Minutes tomorrow. Volatility as an asset class: Apple (AAPL) is up $1.35 to $131.63 in the preopen on Q2 revenue growth grew at a run-rate of 33% ex-currency[...]

  • Market News | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 27, 2015, 7:48 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.27.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.27.15

    Traders watching events overseas this morning.  China is hinting at QE, while Japan is lowered one notch by a ratings agency.  Apple earnings after the close, Q1 GDP before the opening Wednesday and FOM Minutes Wed PM.  GDP forecast has been retreating as weather and California dock strike blamed, consensus down to ~1.1%. AMAT ( -$1.50 ) merger off, AXP & TWTR downgraded before the bell, both off fractionally, DB off 4% on restructuring.  40 degrees this morning in Chicago,[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Apr 24, 2015, 3:19 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 4/24/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 4/24/2015

    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. New Products at CBOE Options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EM) and the MSCI EAFE Index (EAFE) made their trading debut on CBOE this week.  Andy Lowenthal, Vice President of Business Development at CBOE, discusses these products, and other initiatives, with CT Financial News. “Interview: CBOE Exec Talks[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 24, 2015, 12:21 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.24.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.24.15

    Volatility as an asset class Altera (ALTR) is recently down 46c to $41.63 after the semiconductor company reported Q1 results that missed expectations. May call option implied volatility is at 72, June is at 67, September is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 28. American Airlines (AAL) is recently up $1.55 to $53 on Q1 earnings nearly doubling. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 37, June is at 34, August is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 42. Comcast (CMCSA)[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 24, 2015, 8:10 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.24.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.24.15

    Earnings and the Comcast non-deal seem to be the focus this morning.  Futures mixed.  Durable Goods beat but it's all related to Aircraft orders.  Core Rate -0.2% (+0.3% consensus expectation).  Biogen is off over $20 on disappointing sales of a new drug.  AAL up on earnings beat but gave a warning on upcoming currency translations.  Volatility as an asset class: Amazon.com (AMZN) is up $43.51 to $432.77 in the premarket after reporting better than expected Q1 results[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Apr 23, 2015, 4:05 PM

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report 4.23.15

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report 4.23.15

    // The titans of tech dominate this week's Weeklys report. Apple, Twitter, Google, Amazon and Microsoft all have earnings coming up in the next few sessions. I’m Angela Miles covering weekly options expiring this Friday and next Friday May 1st. A big night of earning is ahead with Amazon, Google and Microsoft all reporting after the close... Amazon has been getting plenty of options paper flow going into earnings. The[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 23, 2015, 12:24 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.23.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.23.15

    Volatility as an asset class PepsiCo (PEP) is recently down 94c to $96.34 on solid Q1 results and sees FY15 organic revenue growth in mid-single digits. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 15, June is at 13, July is at 12; compared to its 26-week average of 18. Caterpillar (CAT) is recently down 45c to $84.40 after raising its profit outlook for the year after reporting better than expected Q1 results. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, May is at 18, June is at 18, August[...]

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