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  • Market News | Jul 20, 2015, 10:37 AM

    Bullish Technical Indicators, Dollar & Gold - Weekly Market Outlook

    Bullish Technical Indicators, Dollar & Gold - Weekly Market Outlook

    With a possible end (more or less) to the Greek debt crisis taking shape last week, investors were once again confident enough to get back to their buying ways. When it was all said and done, the market gained about 2.4%, crawling back above some key resistance levels in the process. And yet, stocks didn't quite clear their biggest hurdles, and in rare cases where the indices managed to make good technical progress, they ran into other walls. In other words, there are still several ways from[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jul 20, 2015, 8:33 AM

    Following Up on The Case for a 24-Hour VIX

    Following Up on The Case for a 24-Hour VIX

    For the second weekend in a row The Striking Price column in Barron’s had me at the headline. Last week, Bill Luby was the guest columnist, and it was about small cap volatility and the Russell 2000. Steve Sears (the guy that came up with the term 'fear index') was back at the helm this week and the words “The Case for a 24-Hour VIX” called out to me to read more. Anyone that has an interest in VIX should take a look at the full article, but here are some highlights. Sears[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jul 19, 2015, 7:20 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/13 - 7/17

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/13 - 7/17

    With Greece finally behind us (for now…) the global economic picture is a bit more stable. This resulted in equity markets rebounding last week. Large caps benefited from the resolution of the Euro issues and the Russell 1000 (RUI) gained 2.24% placing the large cap benchmark up 3.59% for the year. Small cap stocks were higher as well, but the Russell 2000 lagged gaining 1.20%.   There is still a bit of a spread between small cap and large cap performance for 2015 as[...]

  • Market News | Jul 18, 2015, 6:30 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review by Catherine Shalen - 7/18/2015

    TYVIX Weekly Review by Catherine Shalen - 7/18/2015

    TYVIX in the Aftermath of the October 15, 2014 Flash Crash On Monday, July 13, staff members from the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission released a joint report on the exceptional Treasury volatility that occurred on October 15, 2014. The behavior of the TYVIX Index since October 2015 provides a new angle to the story.[...]

  • Market News | Jul 18, 2015, 1:16 PM

    The Week in VIX - 7/13 - 7/17

    The Week in VIX - 7/13 - 7/17

    VIX closed at 11.95 which is the low for 2015 on Friday and below 12.00 for the first time this year. The week over week drop for VIX was 29% which is the third biggest one week drop in the history of VIX. The curve shifted accordingly, but do note with only two trading days to go the July futures finished the week just about a point higher than spot VIX. I’m away from CBOE this week, but never away from the markets. I did note via my twitter feed the history of the market the day after VIX[...]

  • Market News | Jul 18, 2015, 8:00 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/13 - 7/17

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/13 - 7/17

    Last week VIX did what I guess it is supposed to do and moved to very low levels to reflect that we are in the summer doldrums.   VIX dropped in a way it usually rallies and was down 29% last week for the third biggest one week drop since 1990. VXST was down over 43% as the curve went quickly from slight backwardation to contango. The long ETP’s got slapped around a bit with VXX losing 17% and the leveraged funds giving up about 33%. The inverse funds moved higher, but only by about[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Jul 17, 2015, 1:55 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/17/15

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/17/15

    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. CBOE: A Global Company To better serve CBOE’s growing international client base, the company has promoted Andy Lowenthal to lead its Business Development for CBOE, CFE, and Livevol, who will focus on its expanding global client services. “CBOE’s Andy Lowenthal to lead business development for CBOE,[...]

  • Market News | Jul 17, 2015, 12:18 PM

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary - 7/17/15

    Weekly Stock Market Commentary - 7/17/15

    The oversold conditions that existed last week generated a strong week-long rally. The move above 2100 was constructive, but the chart won't really turn bullish until new highs are made and held.That would require a move above 2135. Put buying has remained relatively heavy, despite the rally. As a result, the equity-only put-call ratios remain in an uptrend and thus remain on sell signals. Currently both breadth oscillators are clinging to buy signals. During this rally, we have literally seen a[...]

  • Market News | Jul 16, 2015, 4:02 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 7/20 - 7/24 by Jackie Schuler

    Earnings Next Week - 7/20 - 7/24 by Jackie Schuler

    Editors note - Jackie Schuler is a rising Junior at Purdue University and is working as an intern this summer at The Options Institute.  She's focused on helping Russell Rhoads with compiling this weekly earnings blog, searching out block trades to use as examples in classes, and developing programs focused on the next generation of option traders. I have been told that this coming week is the busiest week for earnings reports since this blog was created.  After compiling all the numbers[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2015, 11:37 AM

    Block Trade - $NFLX Butterfly into Earnings

    Block Trade - $NFLX Butterfly into Earnings

    I think just about every trader focused on stocks or equity options is aware that Netflix (NFLX) reported yesterday after the close.  Also we all know that the stock market seemed to like what they heard. I like to focus on earnings and search around for trades that were implemented just before an earnings release. Before jumping to the trade I came across, I want to discuss a couple of pieces of information that may be useful before trading around an earnings report. Every week I post[...]

  • Market News | Education | Jul 16, 2015, 11:10 AM

    Agenda for RMC Europe, CBOE Presents 35 Speakers

    Agenda for RMC Europe, CBOE Presents 35 Speakers

    The Fourth Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe will occur on September 28 - 30, 2015, at the InterContinental Hotel in beautiful Geneva, Switzerland. This week the Agenda and List of 35 Speakers for RMC Europe were published at www.cboermceurope.com.  Hosted by the CBOE, RMC is an educational forum dedicated to exploring the latest products, trading strategies and tactics used to manage risk exposure and enhance yields. RMC brings together top traders, strategists and researchers,[...]

  • Market News | Jul 15, 2015, 1:31 PM

    VIX on the Move:  Volatility Trends

    VIX on the Move:  Volatility Trends

    With so much uncertainty over recent events in Greece and China it's no wonder markets have seen a sharp rise in volatility.  As measured by the VIX, we saw volatility rise nearly 80% in just better than two weeks, vaulting from about 12% to 20% during that time.  Uncertainty creates doubt, and as long as this bull market has been in place there is not one investor/trader out there who wonders when it may end or a deeper correction would ensue.  But like Pavlov's dog, investors are[...]

  • Market News | Education | Jul 14, 2015, 1:25 PM

    Comparing S&P 500 and MSCI EAFE Performance

    Comparing S&P 500 and MSCI EAFE Performance

    CBOE launched option trading on the MSCI EAFE (MXEA) index a couple of months ago. MXEA represents the performance of developed equity markets outside of the United States. There are over 900 stocks contributing to the index that cover over 20 different developed countries. As a former spread trader I always like to take a look at the performance of similar markets. Today I’m going to cover the relationship between MXEA and the S&P 500 (SPX). We have data going back to January 2000 so the[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Jul 13, 2015, 8:35 PM

    RUT Alternative to an IWM Put Spread

    RUT Alternative to an IWM Put Spread

    Every Saturday morning my ritual includes grabbing the latest issue of Barron’s and turning directly to the Striking Price column which is regularly authored by a good friend of CBOE Steve Sears, who is credited with coining term ‘fear index’ for VIX. This weekend another good friend of CBOE, Bill Luby the chief investment officer of Luby Asset Management and the publisher of the VIX and More blog site (www.vixandmore.com) was the guest author of the Striking Price column[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Jul 13, 2015, 4:29 PM

    Russell 2000 Risk On/Volatility Off

    Russell 2000 Risk On/Volatility Off

    Today’s market rally including US small-cap stocks is lifting the Russell 2000 to its current level 1264.06 well above its 50 day moving average (1253.67). © 1999-2015 StockCharts.com. All Rights Reserved. Another contributing factor for the Russell 2000 is the net flows of cash leading to the creation of ETFs on the IWM.  ETF.com reports a net flow of $1.158 bln. into IWM for the week of 7/06 – 7/10/15. As a result of the rally, the volatility on the Russell 2000 Index (RVX)[...]