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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Jul 12, 2015, 8:22 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/6 - 7/10

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/6 - 7/10

    The week was quite a roller coaster ride for both the large and small cap segments of the equity market. As the week came to an end the Russell 2000 (RUT) was up 0.30% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 0.03%.  As of Friday RUT is 3.93% higher for the year outperforming RUI by 2.61%. The RVX – VIX relationship tested recent lows on Thursday as it is prone to do when global risk is the big market concern.   On Friday, RUT did outperform RUI a bit (up 1.4% versus 1.2%)[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jul 11, 2015, 1:20 PM

    TYVIX Weekly Review - 7/11/2015 by Catherine Shalen

    TYVIX Weekly Review - 7/11/2015 by Catherine Shalen

    Every day Brings a New Twist to TYVIX, Benchmark for Treasury Volatility The referendum in Greece on Sunday was a non-event for Treasury volatility. TYVIX opened at 6.70 on Monday, 1.82% above its closing value on July 2nd, but by 10:30, TYVIX was back to 6.58. Equity and FX volatilities were more reactive. VIX opened 11.08% higher, EUVIX 6.71% higher, JYVIX 5.74% higher and BPVIX 3.32% higher. After this open, Treasury prices began a rally which lasted until Thursday, as investors responded to[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Jul 11, 2015, 12:37 PM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/6 - 7/10

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/6 - 7/10

    From the pre-Independence day July 2nd close to this past Friday VXST was down 0.73, VIX was up by 0.04, VXV was 0.05 higher and VXMT finished 0.28 higher. VXST is sort of an anomaly as there is a 3-day weekend impact that pushes the index lower. As the week over week change does no justice in showing the actual price action from last week I included the Thursday closing curve to show that last week was anything but boring. Note on the table below both VXX (and the similar funds) and SVXY (plus[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Jul 10, 2015, 2:08 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/10/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 7/10/2015

    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. Back to the Futures A pioneer of the short-term options known as Weeklys, CBOE successfully bridged the gap between monthly expirations with these event-driven contracts. Now CBOE is expanding the concept to include its proprietary VIX futures contracts, adding Weeklys futures on July 23rd.  The launch will be[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Jul 8, 2015, 9:55 PM

    Bullish, Bearish, and Neutral Trades from Today

    Bullish, Bearish, and Neutral Trades from Today

    One of the fun parts of working at the Options Institute is looking into how large traders react to different market environments. Since today was a pretty exciting day in the markets I decided to look at block trading activity from the end of the day today. The result is a bullish, bearish, and neutral trade executed respectively in the Russell 2000, S&P 500, and VIX option markets today. First, the bullish Russell 2000 trade. With RUT very close to 1228 there was a bullish diagonal spread executed[...]

  • VIX Option Trade Into Expiration

    VIX Option Trade Into Expiration

    CBOE and the CBOE Futures exchange plan on launching VIX Weeklys options and futures respectively over the next couple of months. Usually when new markets start trading we have to do a little wait and see with respect to strategies that large traders are implementing. However, with VIX Weeklys we have over 100 expirations since VIX options were launched and we can look to trading in VIX options and futures that have occurred near expiration. With this in mind I did some digging around on the Monday[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 7, 2015, 12:15 PM

    Weekly MSCI Index Review - 7/7/2015

    Weekly MSCI Index Review - 7/7/2015

    Tuesday of each week is the time we have set aside to discuss international markets on the CBOE Options Hub. Recently CBOE launched index option trading on two of the most widely followed equity market indexes that depict performance for equity markets outside the United States. The MSCI EAFE Index (MXEA) measures the performance of equities in developed markets outside of North America and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) focuses on emerging markets such as China, South Korea, and India. The[...]

  • VXX Block Trade from Monday

    VXX Block Trade from Monday

    Monday of this week was one of the more exciting days we have had in 2015. That’s probably an understatement since VIX futures volume was the highest it has been this year. When the S&P 500 is down and volatility is up there are traders always looking to take the other side of the move. Either through selling volatility or through getting long the stock market. The iPath S&P 500 Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) market is one instrument that can move quickly to the upside when the S&P[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Jun 30, 2015, 3:15 PM

    Bullish EEM Trade from Monday

    Bullish EEM Trade from Monday

    As CBOE expands the number of markets available for trading to include foreign indexes we are going to do the same in this space every Tuesday through taking a look at derivatives based on the MSCI family of indexes.  With the weakness in global markets on Monday I decided to search around for a trade in EEM ETF options that may be trying to take the other side of low equity prices. The daily chart below shows that EEM was down about 2.4% which was a bit more than the drop in[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Strategy | Jun 29, 2015, 5:52 PM

    Today in VIX, SPX, and RUT - 6/29/2015

    Today in VIX, SPX, and RUT - 6/29/2015

    A lot went on today as the Greece thing seemed to come to a head. Below are some highlights with respect to the CBOE Volatility Index, the S&P 500, and the Russell 2000 with respect to the reaction of global markets to the news out of Greece. Spot VIX rose just over 34% and the front month July futures contract was up almost 20%. Volume in VIX futures appears to have topped 400,000 for the first time this year. July and August settled within a tick of each other which is a positive for the long[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Jun 29, 2015, 5:08 PM

    Five Volatility Indexes Rose More Than 30% Today, As Worldwide Stocks and Oil Prices Fell on News Out of Greece

    Five Volatility Indexes Rose More Than 30% Today, As Worldwide Stocks and Oil Prices Fell on News Out of Greece

    In the past couple of days, news out of Greece regarding capital capital controls and bank closings had a worldwide negative impact on stock and oil prices, while five of CBOE’s volatility indexes rose more than 30%, and volume in VIX futures soared to an estimated 415,000 contracts. After news about the closures of Greek banks broke over the weekend, VIX futures volume in the 5 pm (Sunday) to 2 am CT session was a record 32,617 (estimated) contracts, an all-time record for that time period. Investors[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Jun 28, 2015, 10:59 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 6/22 - 6/26

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 6/22 - 6/26

    Both indexes were lower last week, but the Russell 2000 (RUT) slightly outperformed the Russell 1000 (RUI) and continued to maintain a wide performance gap for 2015. The chart below indexes both the RUT and RUI to 100 as of the last day of 2014 to get an apples to apples visual of their respective performance. As of Friday RUT was up 6.23% while RUI has gained 2.58% this year. The CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) was down 0.05 for the week finishing at 16.18 while the CBOE Volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Jun 27, 2015, 9:41 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 6/22 - 6/26

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 6/22 - 6/26

    VIX rose less than one half one percent last week as the S&P 500 was down slightly. I would normally say there was not much change in risk perception for the broad US stock market, but that seems to be only true at the 30-day time horizon.   Note the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT term structure chart below shows a rise in VXST (9-day), but also a drop in VXV (3-month) and VXMT (6-month) last week. It may just be that despite the continued pushing out of the problems related[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Jun 25, 2015, 11:25 AM

    Block Trades - One Bullish and One Bearish VIX Option Trade

    Block Trades - One Bullish and One Bearish VIX Option Trade

    When I disagree with someone with respect to an outlook for the market or particular stock I with often use the phrase, “that’s what makes a market”. What I mean by that is it takes people with differing opinions to create a viable and tradeable market. As I was looking at the trading activity in the VIX option arena earlier this week I can across one bullish and one somewhat bearish trade that occurred on the same day. First I’ll take a quick look at the bullish trade. Early[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Jun 23, 2015, 4:06 PM

    This Friday Completes the 2015 Russell Reconstitution Process

    This Friday Completes the 2015 Russell Reconstitution Process

    The last Friday of June means different things to different people. When I was growing up, that was the day before the Rhoads family embarked on their annual vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast. Now that I’m all grown up (which may be debatable at times) and spend most of my time focusing on the financial markets, the last Friday in June represents the annual restructuring of the Russell family of indexes. This process is commonly referred to as the Russell Reconstitution. A couple of weeks[...]