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  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 28, 2016, 7:26 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 8/1 - 8/5

    Earnings Next Week - 8/1 - 8/5

    Next week is another huge week for earnings.  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.

  • Trader Talk | Education | Jul 26, 2016, 2:30 AM

    Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger Who Told Us "Time is on our side"

    Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger Who Told Us "Time is on our side"

    Today is the 73rd birthday for Rolling Stones front man Sir Michael Philip ‘Mick’ Jagger.  His accomplishments would take up more space that I have available in this posting, but the statement, “one of the most dominant cultural figures of our time” about sums it up.  One of my favorite Rolling Stones songs is “Time Is on My Side” which I believe is a great statement with respect to potential success trading options.  I always think of that song[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 24, 2016, 6:12 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/18/2016 - 7/22/2016

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/18/2016 - 7/22/2016

    VIX was the biggest mover among the four S&P 500 related volatility indexes this past week.  VIX dropped more than 5% while VXST lost 0.39% and VXV was down 1.19%.  Longer dated volatility actually rose last week with VXMT gaining 0.28%.  The curve remains very steep which I’m taking as uncertainty abounding with respect to the balance of 2016, especial the fourth quarter of 2016. Most the data points on the table below are as one would expect after a relatively[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 24, 2016, 2:01 PM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Index and Options - 7/18/2016 - 7/22/2016

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Index and Options - 7/18/2016 - 7/22/2016

    Last week the performance for the Russell 1000 (RUI) and Russell 2000 (RUT) was as close as I’ve seen it since I’ve been doing these blogs.  RUI gained 0.67% and RUT was higher by 0.65% for what we will say is within the margin of error (I’m stealing from the political polls).  For the year RUT is maintaining a small lead on RUI up 6.78% versus 6.40%.  This is the second week in a row with RUT in the lead which is pretty impressive considering back in February RUT[...]

  • Trader Talk | Jul 21, 2016, 4:26 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 7/25 - 7/29

    Earnings Next Week - 7/25 - 7/29

    Next week is the heaviest earnings week with respect to stocks with Weeklys that I can recall.  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.

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Jul 21, 2016, 2:36 PM

    The Clean-Plate Club

    The Clean-Plate Club

    Little did I know how soon I'd be back to report on the status of the last line of my most recent post - specifically my declared hope/dream to be rid of the SVXY that became like a pebble in my shoe. Yesterday (July 20th), when VIX scraped low in the elevens and SPX scaled a steep hill, I starting thinking about and fearing a future that might not include SVXY prices more attractive than those I was seeing point-blank.  Biting the bullet and sweating through the pain, I sold all shares of[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Jul 20, 2016, 2:23 PM

    Analysis of an IBM Earnings Trade

    Analysis of an IBM Earnings Trade

    Students from CBOE classes often keep in close touch with us long after they have visited the Options Institute.  I heard from one OI alumnus on Monday who noticed that IBM was set to report earnings after the close. They also had taken a look at the stock price reaction to earnings over the last three years.  On average IBM has moved up or down about 4%, but the majority of those moves had been to the downside.  The thing that stood out for this former student was that the biggest[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 17, 2016, 12:00 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 7/11 - 7/15

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 7/11 - 7/15

    With VIX testing 2016 lows this past week the soon to be retired July future headed lower at a slightly faster rate than VIX dropping 6.43% versus 4.02%.  Even with the bigger loss on the week the July contract finished the week at more than a one premium to VIX.  We will see on Wednesday morning if the futures or the spot index win the tug of war into July settlement.  I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the steepness of the VIX curve from August to December.  VIX is[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2016, 12:00 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/11 - 7/15

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/11 - 7/15

    Short term volatility was the big loser among the four S&P 500 related volatility indexes as VXST lost over 10% last week.  This was more than two times the drop in VIX and more than three times the drop in VXV and VXMT.  The result is a pretty darn steep curve indicating concerns about the second half of this year for the stock market are lurking around in option volatility. Despite the drop in VIX the VIX of VIX rose last week.  As I typed that I realized that two[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 16, 2016, 7:36 AM

    Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and...VIX shortcake

    Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and...VIX shortcake

    If you can't wear shorts in the summer, when can you?  At the time of my last writing, I was showing off a pair:  TVIX and UVXY, which everyone knows are really just two legs of the same thing (for my purposes, anyway).  Even though I had donned one leg before the other (I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else), I took them both off in one motion, as such: But only one day later, my thoughts were consumed in the following manner: From WikiHow's "How[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 14, 2016, 1:34 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 7/18 - 7/22

    Earnings Next Week - 7/18 - 7/22

    Finally!  The second quarter earnings season kicks into high gear next week.  As always the data below is based on the last three years of earnings results unless the ticker is in itallics.  The columns show the biggest rally, biggest drop, average move, and what the stock did last quarter in reaction to earnings.

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 13, 2016, 12:13 AM

    When VIX and SPX Rise Together - the 2016 Version

    When VIX and SPX Rise Together - the 2016 Version

    On July 11 and July 12 both the S&P 500 and VIX rose on the day.  This brought out an old blog I wrote in 2013 discussing what the stock market has historically done when both the S&P 500 and VIX rise two days in a row.  I updated the numbers from that last study and now we have 92 occurrences where both indexes rose two days in a row (today was number 93 and the jury is still out on the subsequent market action.  The table below summarizes what the S&P 500 did on average[...]

  • Trader Talk | Jul 11, 2016, 9:09 AM

    Market Talk, Part 1: Words and Phrases to Avoid

    Market Talk, Part 1:  Words and Phrases to Avoid

    We hear so much definitive market talk from the financial media, and most of it is careless and quite useless. The best advice is to follow the market action and not the anecdotes and phrases that will put you in the wrong frame of mind. Discipline and hard work trump complacency and laziness, so turn off the noise and be at your best. ‘It will be different this time’ — Mark Twain reportedly said, 'History doesn’t always repeat, but it often rhymes'. Investor/trader emotions[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Jul 10, 2016, 12:18 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 7/5/2016 - 7/8/2016

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 7/5/2016 - 7/8/2016

    VIX finished the week at 13.20 – only 0.10 higher than lowest 2016 close of 13.10.  The front month (July) futures contract was down slightly more than VIX this past week.  Anecdotally I’ve noticed in the past when we see VIX down significantly in reaction to the employment number that the front month contract seems to give up extra value.  I attribute this to a lack of anticipated market news after the employment number until expiration. At least on trader[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 9, 2016, 12:07 PM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 7/5/2016 - 7/8/2016

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 7/5/2016 - 7/8/2016

    On Thursday there was a trending hashtag on Twitter #ThursdayThoughts or something like that.  I was tempted to tweet something like “Buy on any weakness #ThursdayThoughts” but was afraid CBOE wouldn’t find the humor in something that looks like a recommendation.  However, if I had done so I would have looked darn good on Friday.  The tide took all ships higher with RUT gaining 2.4% on the day and RUI up 1.5%.  The Friday rally helped place RUT up 3.65% for the[...]