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  • Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 6/13 - 6/17

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 6/13 - 6/17

    The VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve moved from contango to an unusual shape this past week. Lots of things point to the markets being concerned about next week’s ‘should I stay or should I go’ vote in Britain. VXST represents short term SPX option volatility and the options that expire just after the vote are feeding that calculation.  I’m going to say results in VXST finishing the week at such an elevated level last week have a little to do with Brexit. With[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Jun 17, 2016, 11:00 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 6/13 - 6/17

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 6/13 - 6/17

    I’ve been around long enough to remember when the time in the markets between Memorial Day and Labor Day were quiet enough for traders to spend several afternoons at Wrigley field without feeling they were missing anything. This past week no one could have gotten away with playing hooky. As the stock market came under pressure, VIX climbed to the highest levels we have seen since February. Everyone is focused on Brexit as the ‘reason’ for the markets to be doing what they are doing.[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jun 17, 2016, 2:01 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 6/17/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 6/17/2016

    Social Powers That Be On Tuesday, CBOE announced it plans to develop a series of social media-based strategy benchmark indexes using Social Market Analytics’ (SMA) state-of-the-art analytics. SMA chief executive officer Joseph A Gits IV, commented:  “CBOE is an unrivaled product innovator and a leader in the index space and SMA is a leader in providing actionable social media metrics.  We look forward to working with CBOE to create these first-of-their-kind indexes.”  For[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jun 16, 2016, 6:18 PM

    A Quick Look at Options versus Futures

    A Quick Look at Options versus Futures

    When short dated options were introduced on stocks and ETFs I made an assumption. We all know assumptions may be wrong, and that is the case here. I thought the major use of short dated options would be to take advantage of at the money time decay.   I was actually half wrong as we do see option short sellers come into the market place fairly frequently when expiration is approaching. The use I did not foresee involves using a short dated options as a substitute for a futures trade. A few[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 15, 2016, 7:17 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 6/20 - 6/24

    Earnings Next Week - 6/20 - 6/24

    It is a very quiet week for earnings enthusiasts as only four companies with short dated options will be reporting earnings.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.  

  • Market News | Education | Futures | Jun 15, 2016, 3:28 PM

    SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options Volume Grows to More Than 100,000 Per Day

    SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options Volume Grows to More Than 100,000 Per Day

    On February 23, 2016, CBOE launched trading of weekly options on the S&P 500® Index which expire on Wednesdays. The average daily volume for SPXW Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options grew from 74,114 in May, to 105,768 so far this month (through June 14). POTENTIAL BENEFITS – PRESS RELEASE CBOE’s February press release noted – "We are pleased to further expand our SPX product complex with the introduction of SPX Weeklys with Wednesday expirations," said CBOE Holdings[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Education | Jun 14, 2016, 8:00 PM

    The Smooth Process Known as Russell Reconstitution

    The Smooth Process Known as Russell Reconstitution

    June means a lot of different things to different people. For my kids it’s get out of school time. For my wife it’s how long until my kids go back to school time. For me it is Russell Reconstitution time. Before joining CBOE I would monitor the reconstitution process and try to trade around stocks that were going to be added or deleted from the Russell 2000. Now as an employee of CBOE I monitor the process since we are home for options trading on many FTSE Russell Indexes. Four of those[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 13, 2016, 11:10 AM

    #Brexit Update from Social Market Analytics

    #Brexit Update from Social Market Analytics

    Over the weekend I noticed the headlines regarding Brexit.  It appears the polls are starting to point to a shift in sentiment with respect to Britain exiting the EU. Those leaning toward leaving seem to slightly outnumber those who consider staying in the EU a good idea. To see how the situation looks from a social media standpoint I asked the guys at Social Market Analytics for a quick update. This first graph shows that over the last 24 hours 213,595 tweets have included the hashtag[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Futures | Jun 13, 2016, 9:14 AM

    Volatility Kicking Up Again - Seen This Movie Before

    Volatility Kicking Up Again - Seen This Movie Before

    Friday's risk off day was certainly one we have not seen in a few weeks.  Bulls have had the advantage of late, and any spike in volatility was sold down.  Take a look at the VIX chart and you'll see the last two spikes prior to Friday (to 16 and then 17) were pulled down sharply by the end of the day.  Yet, some fear seemed to seep in as we headed to the weekend.  Was it warranted? I'm not so sure, but as we've seen when volatility has spiked previously, it may be time to be[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 12, 2016, 12:00 PM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 6/6 - 6/10

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 6/6 - 6/10

    Only 5 basis points separate the 2016 performance for the Russell 2000 (RUT) and Russell 1000 (RUI). As of Friday RUI was in the lead, but do note early last week RUT finally surpassed RUI performance for 2016. The CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) rose last week, as did just about every volatility index CBOE calculates. However, the rise in RVX lagged the rise in VIX on a percentage basis which resulted in a drop in the RVX / VIX premium to the lowest levels since March of this[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jun 12, 2016, 10:29 AM

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 6/6 - 6/10

    Weekend Review - VIX Futures and Options - 6/6 - 6/10

    June VIX settlement is on the horizon, just two trading days and an overnight to Wednesday’s AM settlement. I mention that as a lead off in this space as I find the June futures at a premium to spot VIX kind of interesting considering VIX rose 26% last week. Admittedly, a 0.50 premium isn’t all that much, but any premium at all makes me think traders are still on edge after the S&P 500 price action last week and now going into two weeks with big known unknowns (FOMC this week[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Jun 11, 2016, 12:23 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 6/6 - 6/10

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 6/6 - 6/10

    Last week VIX rose every day which isn’t all that unusual.   What was ground breaking was that VIX rose each of the first three days last week despite the S&P 500 moving up as well. I decided to take a look at what has happened in the past when both the S&P 500 and VIX rise together for three consecutive days. The result, it's not as uncommon as I thought, we've had 17 occurrences of three up together.  However, the last time was in January 2013. VVIX[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Jun 9, 2016, 4:34 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - VIX July Ratio Call Spread

    Block Trade Analysis - VIX July Ratio Call Spread

    June VIX futures and options settle next Wednesday on the open so we are starting to see traders look ahead to July standard expiration. Of course those that want to be more strategic can explore the VIX Weeklys, but that is an argument for another blog. This morning, exactly an hour into the trading day there was a buyer of 8,500 VIX Jul 17 Calls at 1.99 who then sold 17,000 VIX Jul 21 Calls for 1.03 each and a net credit of 0.07 per spread. The result is a small credit and a payoff at July expiration[...]

  • Market News | Education | Trade Ideas | Jun 9, 2016, 3:17 PM

    Will the China A-Shares Be Added to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on June 14?

    Will the China A-Shares Be Added to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on June 14?

    A key topic for global investors today is whether Chinese A-Shares will be added to the popular MSCI Emerging Markets Index on June 14. A recent news story in the Wall Street Journal noted that -- “MSCI is set to decide this month whether to include in its benchmarks the shares of companies listed on China’s domestic exchanges. U.S. options traders are ramping up bets on the outcome using the biggest exchange-traded fund linked to China. If the MSCI decides to include the stocks, known[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jun 9, 2016, 10:54 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 6/13 - 6/17

    Earnings Next Week - 6/13 - 6/17

    It is a very quiet week for earnings enthusiasts as only three companies with short dated options will be reporting earnings.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.