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  • What's Trading Today - OTM RUT Bull Put Spread

    Today’s What’s Trading focused on a Bull Put Spread using Russell 2000 (RUT) quarter end options expiring on March 31st. For 2017, as of mid-morning today, the S&P 500 (SPX) is up about 3% more than RUT, which is a reversal of year end price action that saw small cap stocks as represented by RUT out performance the SPX by over 10% from election day to December 31st.  Note the elevated level of RUT implied volatility of RUT options as represented by the CBOE Russell[...]
  • Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 2/13 - 2/17

    The Russell 1000 (RUI) gained about 1.5% last week and is now up over 5% for the year while the Russell 2000 (RUT) was up 0.8% and is trailing RUI up a tad more than 3% for 2017. The relative implied volatility of Russell 2000 options dropped to a historically more normal level last week after spending most of this year at the top end of the historical range. On Wednesday RUT managed to close over 1400 which bought out at least one trader with a short term bearish outlook.  With about 30[...]
  • Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/9 - 1/13

    It was a quiet week for the markets with a lack of economic data, the earnings calendar being light (that changes next week) and our president elect speaking to the press but not making statements to impact the equity markets too much.  The result was a 0.35% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT) and a drop of 0.04% for large cap stocks as represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI). The next chart is a regular feature in this space.  I decided since the premium of the CBOE Russell 2000[...]
  • Big Option Activity and Bullish Social Media Sentiment Before Today's KATE Rally

    Shares of Kate Spade (KATE) made a mid-day headline grabbing move as news came out saying the company was considering putting itself up for sale.  A couple of things happened before the news that have people talking.  The first was in the option market where a few minutes before the stock rallied there were a few very well timed call option purchases.  The time and sales below highlights some of the bigger trades from today. Data Source: LiveVol Pro The buy of just under 2,000 KATE[...]
  • Exploring the Rare Action in the S&P 500 Put / Call Ratio

    Yesterday, astute market observer and Options Institute Instructor Kevin Davitt pointed out that the SPX Put Call Ratio had closed under 1.00 three days this month (Dec 7th, Dec 8th, and Dec 13th).  I knew this was a rarity, but didn’t realized how rare it was for this ratio to close below 1.00.  In fact, it has only happened sixteen times since July 2010 (which is how far back the data goes back on CBOE’s website).  Five of those sixteen occurrences happened in 2016 –[...]
  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Nov 28, 2016, 11:13 AM Weekly Market Outlook - Will The Rally Sputter Here?

    The volume may not have been great behind the shortened trading week's gains, but a gain in a gain nonetheless. And, this one was particularly noteworthy in that all the major indices made their way into record high territory.... at a time when they weren't supposed to. Can it last? That's the $64,000 question. From a momentum and technical perspective, the picture is bullish - yes, there's reason to expect more upside from here. But there is reason to believe the rally may sputter soon and possibly[...]
  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Nov 21, 2016, 9:44 AM 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[...]
  • Block Trade Analysis - Bearish RUT Broken Wing Butterfly

    I got a heads up this morning about a pretty darn interesting trade that came into the Russell 2000 (RUT) pit this morning.  With RUT around 1300 there was a put butterfly that is looking for the small cap benchmark to be about 100 points lower on January 20th of next year.  Not only is that standard option expiration date it is also the day we will inaugurate our next president. The specific trade involved buying 7,000 RUT Jan 1240 Puts for 20.50, selling 14,000 RUT Jan 1200 Puts at 12.80,[...]
  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Strategy | Nov 14, 2016, 12:45 PM Post-Election Weekly Market Outlook

    To call last week as wild week would still be an understatement of epic proportions. The S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) gained 3.8% last week, which was big, but it was a victory made even more amazing by the fact that a Trump victory was supposed to be bad for the market (and for a few hours before Wednesday's open, it was very bad for stocks). A few hours after Donald Trump was confirmed as the next President though, the S&P 500 was not only up, but had cleared a key technical hurdle. The bulls don't[...]
  • Earnings Week of 11/14 - 11/18

    Earnings moves to being all about retail - I personally am looking forward to company outlooks for the holiday shopping season.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results unless the ticker is in italics.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.  Finally, double check the earnings dates as not all were confirmed.  
  • About Last Night

    So I spent the evening and early part of this morning watching different networks while watching the financial markets at the same time.  The chart below is a 5-minute chart showing the S&P 500 and VIX futures trading during the non-US hours trading session.  Then after 3 hours of sleep I taught my class at Loyola, spending half of that talking my students down from their disappointment at the election results.   There were a couple of things that stand out on the chart from[...]
  • Weekly Market Outlook - Election Week

    Last week wasn't just rough. It was the worst week the market has logged since September, and it was close to being the worst week since January. Whatever the case, it was bad, with the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) losing 1.94% of its value over the course of five straight losing days. In fact, the index has now logged nine straight losing days. That's the longest losing streak since 1980. There's a potential upside to such a move. That is, after such a dry spell, the buyers may be chomping at the[...]
  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | Futures | Strategy | Oct 31, 2016, 10:03 AM 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[...]
  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Trade Ideas | Oct 25, 2016, 1:59 PM

    Probing the Buy Side of VOD

    One pattern that I notice all the time when using Fibonacci ratios, is that many moves tend to terminate at extensions of prior swings.  I'm starting to get interested in VOD due to this pattern.  Not only are we seeing some key extensions on this chart which are illustrated with the "green lines", but we are also seeing a nice overlap with many other Fibonacci price relationships.  There are two zones that stand out in particular and the first one is being tested right here[...]
  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Oct 24, 2016, 1:14 PM Weekly Market Outlook - Lower Highs

    The bulls and the bears both took their shots at knocking the market off of the fence it's currently perched on. Neither team could get the job done. Stocks pretty much ended last week where they started it, but more than that they ended the week still trapped between a rock and a hard place. We'll look at the range bound stagnation after painting the bigger picture with the broad brush strokes of last week's and this week's economic news. Economic Data A pretty good dose of economic[...]