• Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | May 25, 2015, 3:43 PM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Option Trading - 5/18 - 5/22

    The Week in Russell 2000 Option Trading - 5/18 - 5/22

    Small cap stocks took the lead from large cap stocks for 2015 last week as the Russell 2000 (RUT) was up 0.66% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) rose only 0.20%. That places RUT slightly in the lead up 3.94% for 2015 versus RUI up 3.73% for the year. I came across an article from Friday that was discussing how low volatility is for the Russell 2000. I always like to think of volatility in relative terms and for the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) this means comparing it to VIX. Using[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 25, 2015, 9:32 AM

    The Week in VIX - 5/18 - 5/22

    The Week in VIX - 5/18 - 5/22

    The VIX futures curve was lower last week with June losing more than the index or other futures as it was awarded the official title of “Front Month” with May VIX futures and options settling on the open Wednesday. Below I’ve changed things up a bit and the comparison is a year over year look at VIX and the VIX futures from Friday and a year ago on the Friday before Memorial Day. I was visiting the VIX pit with the attendees of the May version of The Option Institute’s Investing[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | May 24, 2015, 12:32 PM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/18 - 5/22

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/18 - 5/22

    The S&P 500 moved up a little last week and the volatility curve moved lower. On the shorter dated end of the volatility term structure chart, there was the three day weekend effect which helped push VXST and VIX a tad bit lower than would be expected in front of a normal two day weekend. Just for the heck of it, I took a look at the curve 52 weeks ago and added it to the diagram below. I expected the 2015 pre-Memorial Day weekend curve to be higher than the 2014 version, but was surprised at[...]

  • Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 23, 2015, 8:28 AM

    Block Trade Analysis - $RUT 850 / 1160 Bull Put Spread

    Block Trade Analysis - $RUT 850 / 1160 Bull Put Spread

    Author's note - this is an updated blog from last week correcting the strike of the short put.   Thanks to Robert Shen for the catch. Volume continues to rise in the Russell 2000 (RUT) option arena and my choices among block trades to discuss are on the rise as well. A trade from this past Tuesday caught my eye for three reasons. First, it was not a short dated deep out of the money credit spread – most of the trades I’ve come across and discusses recently in[...]

  • Trader Talk | May 22, 2015, 2:00 PM

    “Thanks to a Fine Canadian Doctor…”

    “Thanks to a Fine Canadian Doctor…”

    (Editors Note: The following are thoughts from a floor trader friend on Memorial Day, who wishes to remain anonymous.  We have edited in this year's dates and times. We ran this blog the last few years going into Memorial Day and received several nice comments.  We hope you enjoy it). “Memorial Day” was called “Decoration Day” many years ago. It originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. I guess they figured[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 21, 2015, 12:10 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.21.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.21.15

    Volatility as an asset class Best Buy (BBY) is recently up $1.78 to $35.46 after reporting Q1 adjusted EPS 37c, compared to consensus 29c. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 42, June is at 28, September is at 31; compared to its 90-day average of 32. NetApp (NTAP) is recently down $4.19 to $31.45 after reporting less than expected Q4 report. May volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, June is at 23, July is at 21; compared to its 90-day[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | May 21, 2015, 8:42 AM

    Earnings Next Week - 5/26 - 5/29

    Earnings Next Week - 5/26 - 5/29

    Next week is a short week, but there are ten companies reporting their earnings. As always Max is the biggest gain in response to earnings, Min is the biggest drop, Abs Average is the average magnitude of the moves, and Last Q is what the stock did last quarter in response to earnings.  Finally, all numbers represent three years unless italicized which is this case is PANW and WDAY which both have 2 1/2 years of history to work with.

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 21, 2015, 8:08 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.21.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.21.15

    Lumber Liquidators with surprising CEO resignation has shares off 10% in early trade.  BLUE up 10% with possible new drug showing great results.  Existing Home Sales released after the opening.   Traders talking about hints that FED will raise rates sooner than later on "slack" in the economy not there any more.  Long weekend coming up.  Volatility as an asset class Salesforce.com (CRM) is up $3.94 to $74.10 in the premarket on better than expected Q1 results and[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 20, 2015, 12:15 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.20.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.20.15

    Volatility as an asset class Southwest (LUV) is recently down $3.12 to $37.78 on concerns of worsening competitive backdrop and lean competitors vowing to compete aggressively. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, June is at 34, July is at 33 compared to its 90-day average of 33. Delta (DAL) is recently down $2.35 to $43.84. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 43, June is at 34, July is at 33 compared to its 90-day average of 34. American Airlines (AAL) is recently down[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 19, 2015, 12:06 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.19.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.19.15

    Volatility as an asset class Dick's Sporting (DKS) is recently down $2.24 to $54.06 on inline Q1 results and strong Q2 guidance. June call option implied volatility is at 23, September is at 24; compared to its 90-day average of 26. TJX (TJX) is recently up $2.65 to $69.91 after the retailer reported inline into Q1 results and strong Q2 guidance. June call option implied volatility is at 18, July and October is at 17; compared to its 90-day average of 20. Take-Two (TTWO) is recently up $3.73 to $27.93[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 19, 2015, 9:15 AM

    May VIX Settlement Reminder 5.19.15

    May VIX Settlement Reminder 5.19.15

    Settlement Reminder: Today, Tuesday, May 19th is the last trading day for May in the following: VIX, RVX, VXN, GVZ, OVX, VXEEM, VXEWZ, and VXTYN futures* and options. These contracts settle tomorrow, Wednesday morning, May 20th. PLEASE NOTE:  VIX options with an expiration date of May 20th, 2015 will cease trading at 3:15 p.m. CDT today, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. These expiring options will NOT trade during the ETH session on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. * This is in contrast to VIX futures with[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 19, 2015, 8:01 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.19.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.19.15

    ECB talking of accelerating next round of QE has shorts in Europe scrambling.  April Housing Starts higher than estimates, rebounding after February and March disappointed.  SPY up fractionally.  Last day to trade May VIX, settles tomorrow morning.  Volatility as an asset class Home Depots (HD) is up $1.92 to $116.25 in the premarket on Q1 profit increasing 14.5%. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, June is at 21, August is at 20; compared to its 90-day average[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | May 18, 2015, 2:00 PM

    So Much To Worry About - Really?

    So Much To Worry About - Really?

    Are there no shortage if things market players need to worry about?  It's amazing how long that 'wall of worry' has been up.  Yet, the market doesn't seem to be showing it, in fact we are seeing high complacency exist, which may not be a good thing over the long haul.  But I have to believe the mountain of concern in trading markets is way overblown, and the market shows it'll continue to overcome cautious behavior.  Ideal for a market to rally further than anyone expects. We[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 18, 2015, 12:20 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.18.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.18.15

    Volatility as an asset class S&P 500 ticks new life high The S&P 500 (SPY) index has ticked a marginal new life high at 2127.45. May weekly and June call option implied volatility is at 11; compared to its 90-day average of 13. Technology Sector SPDR (XLK) May weekly and June call option implied volatility is at 13; compared to its 90-day average of 15. Financial Sector SPDR (XLF) May weekly and June call option implied volatility is at 14; compared to its 90-day average of 14. Consumer Discretionary[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 18, 2015, 8:03 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.18.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.18.15

    Option expiration with good volume Friday. European markets weary of Greece drama, but it looks like something might be finalized in next 10 days.  US stock futures off fractionally.  Housing data today, tomorrow and Thursday will be watched.  10-year 2.18%.  Stories around about European banks being analyzed by credit agencies.   Long weekend coming up, details on trading schedule tomorrow.  Volatility as an asset class: ANN (ANN) is up $8.20 to $46.92 in the premarket[...]

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