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  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | Aug 16, 2015, 5:45 AM

    Last Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/10 - 8/14

    Last Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 8/10 - 8/14

    Large cap stocks eked out a win last week with the Russell 1000 (RUI) rising 0.69% versus a 0.48% gain for the Russell 2000 (RUT). The chart below indexes the performance for RUI and RUT to 100 at the beginning of 2015 for an apples to apples comparison. Despite RUT and RUI basically performing in line with each other, large cap risk, as indicated by index option pricing, dropped a bit relative to small cap risk. The chart below displays the percent premium of the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 15, 2015, 8:37 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/10 - 8/14

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/10 - 8/14

    Three out of four volatility indexes calculated using S&P 500 Index options to determine a consistent measure of implied volatility were lower last week. For all of 2015 the father dated volatility indexes have been elevated relative to VXST and VIX. We are now approaching a time where the potential for a rate hike is closing in. That may be the reason VXV held up last week while the other three indexes dropped. The stock market had a rocky ride, but finished the week higher. Everyone’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Aug 14, 2015, 4:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/14/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/14/2015

    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. VIX Weeklys All The Buzz After the launch of VIX weekly futures contracts in July, investors won’t have long to wait until VIX Weeklys options are launched on October 8.  These contracts offer market participants a more precise hedging tool around event-driven trading. “CBOE to Launch Weekly VIX Options[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Aug 14, 2015, 2:28 PM

    A Rocky Week for the Russell 2000!

    A Rocky Week for the Russell 2000!

    The Russell 2000 similar to the broader market, whipped around this week. The Index closed last night (Thursday)  around the low of the day - 1,204.74. Early today (Friday) RUT is barely budging at 1,205, but the options are really on the move. The CBOE RVX, which measures implied volatility going 30 days out, also has an anxious feel this week. The RVX Index topped 21 earlier this week, closed last night at 18.54 and today is 18.62 as uncertainty builds about what's next for RUT and[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Aug 13, 2015, 8:32 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 8/17 - 8/21

    Earnings Next Week - 8/17 - 8/21

    Things are starting to slow down with respect to the earnings calendar, but there are still plenty of trading opportunities next week.  As always the numbers below summarize reactions to earnings over the last 12 quarters.

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 9, 2015, 5:49 PM

    Barron's Striking Price Column Highlights VIX Weeklys

    Barron's Striking Price Column Highlights VIX Weeklys

    This past weekend Steven Sears committed the whole Striking Price column in Barron’s to VIX Weeklys. I would strongly suggest checking out the full column, as well as reading it every weekend as it is a great way to learn more about options. Some highlights include – Weekly VIX futures contracts were introduced July 23th and the options are expected to begin trading on October 8th The shorter dated VIX futures are expected (and already have been) to track spot VIX more closely[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Aug 8, 2015, 2:06 PM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/3 - 8/7

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 8/3 - 8/7

    The over 1% drop in the stock market did not get traders too worried as VIX remains well under 14 and the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve maintained a distinct ‘normal looking’ curve. In 30 days we will be in early September, which is a time of year that often puts traders more on edge.   VIX did rise over 10% last week in response to the S&P losing 1.25%. As of Friday VXX was about 1/3rd August VIX futures and 2/3rds September VIX. Since the August contract[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Aug 8, 2015, 10:03 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 8/10 - 8/14

    Earnings Next Week - 8/10 - 8/14

    I apologize for the lateness of this post, despite my best efforts I was unable to get the list together before today (Saturday).  The numbers below represent stock price reactions to earnings announcements for the last 12 quarters, except if the font is in italics.  

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 2, 2015, 8:54 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/27 - 7/31

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 7/27 - 7/31

    I was on the road for CBOE and on the other side of the world recently so I missed some of the market action of late. I knew the Russell 2000 (RUT) was lagging, but was honestly surprised to see that the small cap dominated RUT performance for 2015 is basically in line with large cap stocks which is represented by the Russell 1000 (RUI) below.  My impression was that China and Greece (storm that has passed - for the moment) were dominating the news.  However, the relative performance[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 1, 2015, 6:25 PM

    The Week in VIX - 7/27 - 7/31

    The Week in VIX - 7/27 - 7/31

    The S&P 500 was up over 1% and both spot VIX and VIX futures suffered the consequences.   Spot VIX lost almost 12% and the August future was down about 6% last week. VIX Weeklys futures were launched a couple of weeks ago and the first short dated contract expires this coming Wednesday on the open. I decided it was time for a quick look at how the nearest term contract has been tracking along with VIX. Day by day changes won’t tell us much so I sent my very competent summer intern[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Aug 1, 2015, 10:32 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/27 - 7/31

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 7/27 - 7/31

    I was reminded of my advancing age several times this past week. I’ll save those incidents for the other grumpy aging men on my block. One of the benefits (let me believe this) of being around for a while is having lived through a variety of market environments. This market got me thinking about John Gotti who was the boss of the Gambino family back in the day. One of his monikers was “The Teflon Don” as he was put on trial three times and acquitted three times. Teflon is a substance[...]

  • Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 27, 2015, 7:35 PM

    Hitting a single in $SVXY

    Hitting a single in $SVXY

    Editors note – we would like to welcome Meredith Kelley Zidek as a new contributor to the CBOE Options Hub.  Meredith is a private investor whose interests include equities, options, and commodities.  She began trading equities in 2007, and since then has cultivated interests in corn, energy, and most recently, index and equity options. Almost all of her trading, which can be seen on grapestrades.blogspot.com, involves short options on volatility-related instruments.  She studies[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Jul 23, 2015, 2:49 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 7/27 - 7/31 by Jackie Schuler

    Earnings Next Week - 7/27 - 7/31 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. It turns out next week has a busier earnings calendar than the current week.  Russell certainly picked a good time to leave[...]

  • 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[...]