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  • Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 3/27 - 3/31

    The Friday to Friday change in the VIX term structure was as orderly as I’ve seen it in some time.  VIX has had a lower average daily close during a quarter only once, the fourth quarter of 2006.  However, the low to high range for VIX has never been tighter than what we experienced in the first quarter of 2017 with the range of 2.54.  On average the range of closing VIX prices is about 10.60 so the VIX market may be a bit wound up to the point where a big move to the upside[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Feb 25, 2017, 10:46 AM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 2/21 - 2/24

    To say that volatility was flat last week is misstating the facts.  Sure, VIX was lower, but wow, look at the rest of the curve.   All contracts were higher with April and May futures leading the way at up over 6%.  For this we will blame France, which I will explain after the VIX Table / Term Structure below. VSTOXX is basically VIX for the European markets.  Specifically, it is an index that calculates a consistent measure of implied volatility as indicated by options[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jan 14, 2017, 5:43 PM

    Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 1/9 - 1/13

    Last week VIX managed to finish the day below the 2016 closing low (11.27) twice.  If it were only Friday’s close I’d throw an asterisk in there for the three-day weekend effect, but there’s no holiday excuse for the Wednesday close of 11.26. This past week they (whoever ‘they’ are) couldn’t get enough of February VIX Calls.  On Friday, paper bought over 60,000 VIX Feb 21 Calls for 0.49.  On Thursday, there were three block trades of[...]

  • VIX | Futures | 2016 Recap | Jan 9, 2017, 3:26 PM

    Record Volume and Open Interest in 2016 for CBOE Index Products

    CBOE index products continue to attract growing interest from investors who wish to manage the income and volatility in their portfolios. A recent press release by CBOE Holdings noted that -- “… Several trading records were set [in 2016]. Total volume and average daily volume (ADV) in index options trading at CBOE reached new all-time highs for the fourth consecutive year in 2016 with 430.7 million and 1.7 million contracts, respectively, each up 6 percent from 2015. Total volume and[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Election & VIX | 2016 Recap | Dec 17, 2016, 2:53 PM

    Weekend Review VIX Options and Futures 12/12 - 12/16

    VIX was up slightly last week despite the markets having a relatively muted response to the first rate hike from the FOMC in just under a year.  The December VIX futures which expire this coming Wednesday actually dropped a bit as they had been slightly elevated relative to spot VIX.  One would never think the markets digested a rate hike last week by looking at the volatility market price action below. Wednesday last week there was a trader who decided volatility is going[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Nov 21, 2016, 9:44 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - Can The Rally Continue?

    Even though the market didn't end the week on a wildly bullish foot, it ended the week with another respectable gain. The S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) was up 0.8% for the five day span following the previous week's 3.8% gain.... and all of that 3.8% gain came in just the last three days of that election week. Either way, the persistent bullishness has left the S&P 500 within striking distance of record highs. It's still got a bit of a valuation problem, but between the momentum and this bullish[...]

  • Trader Talk | Futures | Nov 21, 2016, 9:02 AM

    Bond Market Moves May Lead to - 'Normal Markets'?

    The amazing sell off in the bond market over the past couple weeks since the election ended did not go unnoticed by market players. I've seen a ton of articles now proclaiming the 'bull market in bonds is over', and the 'bear is going to growl over bonds'. Yet, the long bond has not even reached the highest levels seen in 2015! All the sudden, the calls for the end of the bond bull are everywhere? It might be true, but color me skeptical (so far). How many calls for this bond market bull to end?[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Futures | Strategy | Oct 31, 2016, 10:03 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - October 31, 2016

    Stocks tried to get the market back in a bullish groove, staging a pretty solid advance on Monday of last week. It wasn't meant to be though. That rally effort petered out beginning on Tuesday, and then accelerated as the week wore on with the weight of a big Q2 rally still getting in the way. By the time Friday's closing bell rang most of the indices were within easy reach of a major support level. One stumble this week could finally pop this fragile (albeit short-term) bubble. And if there was[...]

  • BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - Mildly Bullish Undertow

    Stocks managed to log a gain last week, but it was a "just barely" situation. The S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) ended only 0.1% higher than it ended the prior week, and still closed below all of its key technical resistance levels. The bulls are going to have to do better than this to achieve escape velocity. Still, the undertow remains technically bullish, and a break above the ceilings here is within easy reach. We'll look at the hurdles and weigh the odds after a quick run-down of last[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Sep 26, 2016, 9:48 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - September 26, 2016

    While the market may have ended last week on a sour note, a little pre-weekend profit-taking can't entirely come as a surprise. Once traders learned on Wednesday the Federal Reserve wouldn't be imposing a rate-hike this month, they celebrated in the form of a 1.7% advance that lasted all the way through Thursday's close. Friday's 0.6% lull didn't even drag any of the major indices back below their most important technical levels. Still, stocks could just as easily kick-start a pullback here as they[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Sep 24, 2016, 5:18 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 9/19 - 9/23

    VIX reacted to the post FOMC rally by giving up just over 20% last week.  The standard September contract went off the board leaving October to take over as the front month.  With a little time until October expiration (10/19) the result has been resumption of pretty steep contango.  Of course there are some potentially market moving events between now and the end of the year so VIX futures bracing for some sort of spike may be expected. As I wrote the previous paragraph[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Sep 12, 2016, 10:50 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - Key Levels To Watch Here

    Things were going fine last week... until Friday, when it all came completely unraveled.  Friday's 2.45% stumble in the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) was not only the biggest single-day loss since June when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, it carried the market to its lowest close since early-July. Some key support levels were snapped too. Bad news? Maybe, though ironically, the sheer size of Friday's meltdown has a shot at spurring a dead-cat bounce (not unlike the post-Brexit[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Strategy | Sep 6, 2016, 9:43 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - Two Month Range Continues

    Despite a couple of scares, stocks ended last week intact, and even up just a bit thanks to Friday's gain. On the other hand, last week's action still left the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) along with the other indices overvalued and overbought. Whether or not that matters remains to be seen, though it's interesting that the bears had more than ample opportunity to push the market over the cliff -- but they just never did it. All the same, the first full week of the worst month of the year for stocks[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Futures | Aug 31, 2016, 4:21 PM

    Sept. 22 Webinar - Institutional Investors and Case Studies on Use of the VIX

    On Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. E.T., S&P Dow Jones Indices and CBOE will co-host a complimentary webinar for financial professionals on the topic of -- How are Institutional Investors Using the VIX®?  Financial professionals who wish to register and see more information are welcome to visit this link -- http://bit.ly/VIX-Sep22. Featured institutional investor speakers will be: (1) John Burkhartzmeyer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB); (2) Scott Maidel, CFA, CAIA,[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Aug 29, 2016, 11:26 AM

    BigTrends.com Weekly Market Outlook - August 29, 2016

    Unable to resist the weight of its 9% gain since its late-June low, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) finally started to buckle last week. The index only lost 0.68% for the five-day span, but that was the worst weekly performance since June, and could end up serving as the profit-taking excuse some traders have been waiting for. We'll look at the matter in more detail after a closer look at last week's and this week's economic numbers. They matter more than usual now, with the prospect of rising interest[...]