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  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | May 15, 2015, 1:15 PM

    Weekly Market Commentary 5.15.15

    Weekly Market Commentary 5.15.15

    The broad stock market has continued to frustrate both bulls and bears by remaining within a trading range for quite some time.  However, today, $SPX closed at a new all-time high and thus is on the verge of an upside breakout.  While this produced much glee on CNBC, there could be problems once again if this breakout is not confirmed. The simplest confirmation would be another $SPX close at new all-time highs, and this time above the all-time intra-day high at 2125.92. Equity-only put-call[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | May 8, 2015, 2:00 PM

    Weekly Market Commentary 5.8.15

    Weekly Market Commentary 5.8.15

    The stock market weakened considerably this week, and many of the indicators are now following suit with sell signals.  But $SPX price action continues to frustrate both bulls and bears, as it refuses to trend higher or lower.   So now for $SPX, there is support at 2067 - 2072 (the April and May lows), with resistance above at 2125 (the all-time highs). Equity-only put-call ratios have deteriorated badly this week. Both ratios have rolled over to sell signals. Market breadth was the[...]

  • Education | May 6, 2015, 5:28 PM

    TYVIX Index, Measure of Interest-Rate Volatility, Rises for the 8th Day in a Row

    TYVIX Index, Measure of Interest-Rate Volatility, Rises for the 8th Day in a Row

    The CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index℠ (with a new ticker symbol: TYVIX℠ rose today (Wednesday) for the 8th trading day in a row. TYVIX measures the expected volatility of the price of 10-year Treasury Note futures. TYVIX futures also are available for investors. As shown in the charts below, since April 24, the daily closing values of the TYVIX Index rose from 4.89 to 6.53 (a 34% rise) and the interest rates on the 10-year U.S. Treasury notes rose from 1.91% to 2.23%[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | May 6, 2015, 2:50 PM

    How to Find Stocks for Iron Condors?

    How to Find Stocks for Iron Condors?

    I am often asked how I find stock in which to enter into the Iron Condor strategy.  Not every strategy works with every stock in every kind of market, but I have a set of guidelines or criteria I use when looking for those stocks. #1  use stocks you would buy 100 shares of in your retirement account #2  use very liquid stocks near $100 or higher:   Examples would be AAPL, NFLX, AMZN, GOOGL, PNRA, XOM, DIS, IBM, TSLA, LNKD, PCLN, etc. #3  If I did 4 stock Iron Condors[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | May 6, 2015, 1:40 PM

    Why I Will NOT Buy or Sell that First Big Move

    Why I Will NOT Buy or Sell that First Big Move

    In the game of trading there is always a rush to be the first one in or out, state it in real time and then wait to take a victory lap.  It's great fun and an ego stroke to be able to 'call that shot', whether it's a bottom or top.   Yet, these decisions are often impulsive and without much thought.  When a stock plunges for whatever reason it may seem appropriate to stick your hand in and take a slice or even a big chunk, without ever understanding the technical damage that could[...]

  • Market News | Education | May 5, 2015, 3:43 PM

    A Dozen Positive Developments in 2015 for Investors in Options

    A Dozen Positive Developments in 2015 for Investors in Options

    Over the past decade I have delivered more than 200 presentations around the world to groups of investors such as pension funds and/or investment advisors. During the presentation events I solicit feedback from investors on the topics which are of interest. Below is a list of 12 positive developments in 2015 for investors in options. CAPACITY AND LARGE NOTIONAL SIZE FOR SPX OPTIONS VOLUME Liquidity and capacity often are key concerns of institutional investors who are considering investing sizable[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Apr 28, 2015, 1:07 PM

    A Brief History of SPX and VIX Reactions to Advanced GDP

    A Brief History of SPX and VIX Reactions to Advanced GDP

    This morning while conducting a webcast about VIX and extended hours trading I was asked a good question.  This means I didn't know the answer. Tomorrow at 7:30 Chicago time the first iteration of the 2015 First Quarter GDP number will be reported. This will be the first time this number has been released since CBOE began offering extended hours trading for VIX and SPX index options. While talking about this I was asked, “What does VIX usually do in reaction to the Advanced GDP release?”[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Futures | Apr 21, 2015, 10:40 AM

    $3.7 Trillion in A.U.M. Tracks EAFE and E.M. Indexes, as First-ever Index Options Launch

    $3.7 Trillion in A.U.M. Tracks EAFE and E.M. Indexes, as First-ever Index Options Launch

    On Tuesday April 21 CBOE launched its first-ever trading in cash-settled options on two MSCI indexes – the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) and the MSCI EAFE Index (MXEA). Options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the MSCI EAFE Index are designed to enable investors to efficiently hedge and manage their non-U.S. equity portfolio exposures, to diversify their portfolios, or to generate added income. $TRILLIONS IN ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT In mid-2014 the combined assets under management[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Trader Talk | Education | Apr 20, 2015, 1:15 PM

    Market Breadth Indicators: An Important Measure of Sentiment

    Market Breadth Indicators:  An Important Measure of Sentiment

    Market breadth is simply how many stocks are being bought vs being sold and how much volume is behind it.  Breadth is an ideal temperature gauge of the market's health at any point in time, and like most indicators is a current read of where price action is likely headed.  Basically, this is not where the money is flowing but what direction (in or out).  Coupled with other sentiment tools such as put/call ratio, volatility index, rydex ratio and polls we can get a very accurate idea[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Apr 14, 2015, 2:30 PM

    New Index Option Trading Opportunities at CBOE

    New Index Option Trading Opportunities at CBOE

    Next week, specifically Tuesday April 21st, CBOE will roll out option trading on two indexes calculated by MSCI. The MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australasia, and Far East) and MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) Index will be the first two of several index option markets based on the MSCI family of indexes that will have listed options available for trading at CBOE. These two new markets will give money managers an efficient method for managing risk exposure to equity markets outside the United States. There will[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | Apr 14, 2015, 1:44 PM

    VIX April Settlement Reminder 4.15.15

    VIX April Settlement Reminder 4.15.15

    Settlement Reminder: Today, Tuesday, April 14th is the last trading day for April in the following: VIX, RVX, VXN, GVZ, OVX, VXEEM, VXEWZ, and VXTYN futures* and options. These contracts settle tomorrow, Wednesday morning, April 15th. PLEASE NOTE:  VIX options with an expiration date of April 15th, 2015 will cease trading at 3:15 p.m. CDT today, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. These expiring options will NOT trade during the ETH session on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. * This is in contrast to VIX futures[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Education | Apr 14, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Bullish Momentum Meeting High Valuations - Weekly Market Outlook

    Bullish Momentum Meeting High Valuations - Weekly Market Outlook

    The odds may have been a bit stacked against stocks heading into last week, but the market clearly overcame them.  All told, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) gained about 1.7% last week, crossing above some key moving average lines in the process, rekindling the bigger-picture rally. Can it last? There are certainly some hurdles ahead, not the least of which is the market's valuation, which is getting a bit frothy by some measures.  Higher highs are not out of the picture though, because[...]

  • VIX | Education | Apr 8, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Confusion About Fed Policy Causes Erratic Market Behavior

    Confusion About Fed Policy Causes Erratic Market Behavior

    As investors and traders try to game the Fed and their next move, we find that a lack of clarity and vision about policy once again have players on edge.  It's playing out like a game of 'chicken' and 'musical chairs' all at once, who wants to be left holding the bag when the exit doors are used, but who wants to be left out if the rallies continue?  Further, it seems everyone wants to be first and fast, but rarely does the early bird get the worm.  Trying to game the Fed's next move[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Apr 6, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Key SPX & VIX Levels to Watch: Weekly Market Outlook

    Key SPX & VIX Levels to Watch: Weekly Market Outlook

    Despite the solid start to the trading week on Monday of last week, Tuesday's and Wednesday's dips cast a shadow of doubt on stocks.  Yes, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) ended the holiday-shortened week with a small gain. But, once again the bulls have a big hurdle right in front of them they'll need to clear first before we can seriously entertain bullish ideas. We'll analyze the current shape of things below, after painting the bigger picture with some broad economic data brushstrokes. Economic[...]