The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets.     

Mini’s Large Move
Volume in CBOE’s Mini-SPX (XSP) options has risen about 140% since February, with average daily volume growing from 7,765 contracts in February to 21,981 in July (through July 26). 

To read more on the growth of mini S&P 500 contracts, see this recent blog post in the CBOE Options Hub.

VIX Fix:  The Market’s Record Highs and Lows  
Markets continued to push higher this week with the Dow Jones Industrial, Nasdaq-100, and S&P 500 indexes each reaching new record highs.   This market euphoria suppressed investor anxiety, driving the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) to a record intraday low of 8.84 on Wednesday, which was just below the previous record low of 8.89 set in 1993.  By Friday, the VIX Index crept back up over the 11 level. 

“VIX on Pace to Shatter 24-Year Old Record” – Amrith Ramkumar, The Wall Street Journal

“VIX Sets New Milestone, Falls to Record Intraday Low” – Gunjan Banerji and Amrith Ramkumar, The Wall Street Journal

“Why VIX is Flirting with its Lowest Level in History, and How Wall Street is Reacting” – Mark DeCambre, Market Watch

“Stock Market Fear Just Hit a Record Low” – Joe Ciolli, Business Insider

“Traders are Placing a lot of Bets on When Record-Low Volatility Will End” – Elena Popina and Lu Wang, Bloomberg

“Too Calm? Wall Street Volatility Collapses to Lowest Since 1993” – Evelyn Cheng, CNBC

“How Quants Calm the Stock Market” – Spencer Jakab, The Wall Street Journal

“How to Use Options With Stocks at Record Highs” – Michael Schwartz, Barron’s

“A Market Oddity: Short-VIX ETFs Have Doubled in 2017” – Chris Dieterich, The Wall Street Journal