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  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Feb 28, 2015, 7:47 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/23 - 2/27

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/23 - 2/27

    Last week was fairly quiet despite the second revision of GDP coming in a little light. We may see a little more volatility action in the coming week as on Wednesday the ADP Employment Change report is released Wednesday before the open and then the government version of the employment report coming on Friday. Both of these reports are significant as they are a first look at economic activity for February. Despite the S&P 500 losing a little value last week, with Friday to blame, the VXST –[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Feb 27, 2015, 3:19 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 2/26/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 2/26/2015

    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. CBOE Expanding Its Index Options Complex On Thursday, CBOE signed a licensing agreement with the London Stock Exchange Group to develop and list options on more than two dozen FTSE and Russell Indices.  Under the agreement, CBOE will become the exclusive U.S. home for options on the FTSE and Russell indices. [...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Feb 27, 2015, 2:00 PM

    Extended Trading Hours in VIX Options Begin Monday 3.2

    Extended Trading Hours in VIX Options Begin Monday 3.2

    The question we have heard over the last several years was "CBOE VIX Futures have extended trading, when will VIX Options have Extended Trading Hours"? On Monday, March 2nd,  Extended Trading Hours (ETH) for VIX options will launch.  Trading hours will be from 2:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Central Time (“CT”).  Regular VIX trading will resume at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:15 p.m. CT. Since June 2014, the trading hours for futures on the CBOE Volatility Index®[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 27, 2015, 12:10 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.27.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.27.15

    Volatility as an asset class J.C. Penney is recently down 45c to $8.67 after posting a surprise Q4 loss as higher operating expenses offset higher-than-expected sales. March weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, March calls are at 42, April is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 54. Weight Watchers (WTW) is recently down $5.81 to $11.70 on a Q4 loss and plans to cut $100M in costs. March call option implied volatility is at 75, April is at 84, July is at 73; compared to its 26-week[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 27, 2015, 8:10 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.27.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.27.15

    GDP for Q4 reduced from 2.6% to 2.2%.  Slightly lowered revision had been expected, but compared to Q3 Final GDP at 5% not that encouraging.  Chicago PMI after the opening and a few other indicators later in the morning.  Oil at $49, 10-year at 2%.  Extended Trading Hours (ETH) start Monday March 2nd for VIX, and Monday March 9th for SPX.  To read a blog from a few weeks ago about ETH, click on the following: http://www.cboeoptionshub.com/2015/02/06/extended-trading-hours-planned-spx-vix-options/       [...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 26, 2015, 11:56 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.26.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.26.15

    Volatility as an asset class Kohl's (KSS) is recently up $1 to $71.90 on a better than expected Holiday Q4 quarter. March call option implied volatility is at 22, April is at 21, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22. Sears Holdings (SHLD) is recently down $2.78 to $35.12 after announcing progress towards forming a real-estate investment trust and a Q4 loss. March call option implied volatility is at 71, April is at 58, June is at 61; compared to its 26-week average of 60. Transocean[...]

  • Market News | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Education | Feb 26, 2015, 8:00 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.26.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.26.15

    Big News at CBOE this morning, with CBOE announcing licensing agreement with London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), to develop and list options based on more than two dozen FTSE and Russell indices and new products as well.   Scroll down to previous blog to get the details, we're excited about this. Weekly Claims rose 31K, the most in 14 months.  US stock futures have turned lower, Oil off almost 3%, near $49.50bbl. Volatility as an asset class Salesforce.com (CRM) is up $7.73 to $70.60[...]

  • Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | Feb 25, 2015, 2:22 PM

    Earnings Next Week - 3/2 - 3/6

    Earnings Next Week - 3/2 - 3/6

    Just completed and presented for your information - earnings history for the stock with Weeklys available reporting next week.  Histories represent 3 years or 12 quarters unless italicized which indicates less than 3 years of data is available -  

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 25, 2015, 12:01 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.25.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.25.15

    Volatility as an asset class Target (TGT) is recently up 25c to $77.21 after posting better than expected adjusted earnings per share and reported comparable sales increased 3.8% in its Q4. March call option implied volatility is at 24, April is at 17, July is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 20. TJX (TJX) is recently is recently up $2.51 to $69.65 after reaffirming 10%-13% long-term annual EPS growth model. March, April and July call option implied volatility of 17 compares to its 26-week[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Feb 25, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Combining CBOE and MSCI Gives Investors the World

    Combining CBOE and MSCI Gives Investors the World

    In a few weeks CBOE will begin listing options on two of the widely followed MSCI Indexes. This addition of cash settled index options on the MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Market Indexes will result in investors being able to gain exposure to just about every investible market in the world by trading at CBOE. After such a bold statement, an explanation is definitely in order. Before discussing the world I’ll address the United States. On a notional basis the S&P 500 (SPX) Index option market[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 25, 2015, 7:50 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.25.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.25.15

    Good day for stocks yesterday as Chairperson Yellen gave calming testimony at semi-annual Humphrey Hawkins visit to Capitol Hill. She visits the House this morning for Day Two.  TGT beat estimates, rises $0.90, LOW does the same and rises $1.65.   Case Shiller Home prices rose less than expected.  President is said to have vetoed Keystone Pipeline, should have no effect on stocks.  European shares retreat, Gold & Oil higher, 10-Year yield below 2%.  Derrick Rose and Patrick[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Feb 24, 2015, 1:30 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 2000 Iron Condor

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 2000 Iron Condor

    Checking in on trading activity in my favorite index, the Russell 2000, I came across a fairly interesting trade using short dated options from around 11:00 Monday morning. I say around 11:00 because the trader legged into an Iron Condor. A couple of minutes before 11:00 200 of the RUT Mar 6th 1180 Puts were sold at 2.75 with 200 of the RUT Mar 6th 1160 Puts purchased for 1.47 which comes to a net credit of 1.28. At the time of this execution the Russell 2000 was at 1224.52 so it appears the trader[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 24, 2015, 11:50 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.24.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.24.15

    Volatility as an asset class Macy's (M) is recently down $2.34 to $61.93 after inline Q4 results and giving a cautious 2015 outlook. March call option implied volatility is at 21, April is at 20, May is at 21, August is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 25. SunPower (SPWR) is recently up $4.78 to $32.58, and First Solar (FSLR) is up $6.89 to $56.50, after companies announced that they are in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle. SPWR March and April call option implied volatility[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Feb 23, 2015, 1:45 PM

    Pretty Clear Breakout Amid Valuation Challenges - Weekly Market Outlook

    Pretty Clear Breakout Amid Valuation Challenges - Weekly Market Outlook

    It wasn't necessarily a huge gain for the market last week, but it was an important one. Most indices tiptoed into new-high (record high) territory on Tuesday, and after stalling for a couple of days then made a bold thrust into record high territory again on Friday. All told, last week's close of 2110.3 for the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) translated into a 0.6% gain for the holiday-shortened week. Though valuation challenges are going to make it tough for stocks to continue rallying, from the technical[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 23, 2015, 11:59 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.23.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.23.15

    Volatility as an asset class Boeing (BA) is down $3.89 to $154.43 after Goldman cut its recommendation to Sell, with a $132 price target. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, March is at 18, April is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 19. Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK) is down 30c to $13.81 after a Greek deal on bailout program. March call option implied volatility is at 77, April is at 73, June is at 64; compared to its 26-week average of 52. National Bank of Greece[...]