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  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | May 18, 2015, 10:35 AM

    Will The Breakout To New Highs Stick This Time? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Will The Breakout To New Highs Stick This Time? - Weekly Market Outlook

    The S&P 500 Index ended last week at a new high, and the technical trend momentum picture is bullish.  But we've seen similar moves since February reverse several times, as the market has remained in a choppy and grinding narrowing range (with a mild upside bias). The $64,000 question: Do we trust the move we just got by taking it at face value, or is this another potential fakeout? We'll weigh the odds below, after taking a detailed look at some of last week's and this week's[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 17, 2015, 9:39 AM

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 5/11 - 5/14

    The Week in Russell 2000 Trading - 5/11 - 5/14

    Small cap stocks narrowed the performance gap with large cap stocks last week. The Russell 2000 (RUT – 1243.95) rose 0.73% which places 2015’s price performance at up 3.26% while the Russell 1000 (RUI – 1184.73) gained 0.37%. Large cap stock performance is still slightly better than year to date small cap performance as the Russell 1000 is up 3.53% for 2015. The chart below adjusts both indexes to start the year at 100 for an easy visual comparison. The CBOE Russell[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 16, 2015, 4:19 PM

    The Week in VIX - 5/11 - 5/15

    The Week in VIX - 5/11 - 5/15

    There was a fairly parallel shift lower in spot VIX and VIX futures pricing as there wasn’t much to get excited about last week. The May VIX future dropped a little more than the spot index as expiration is just around the corner. Despite the almost 5% drop in the May contract, the premium relative to spot VIX is about 1.30. The premium of the May futures contract relative to spot VIX got me looking into various puts that expire Wednesday morning. I copied down the[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 16, 2015, 2:31 PM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/11 - 5/15

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/11 - 5/15

    There was a slight shift in the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT term structure last week. VXST and VIX were down, VXV was actually up slightly and VXMT dropped. Relative to history, VXV and VXMT are higher than you would expect with the S&P 500 making all-time highs. I’m convinced the market is braced for a difficult end to 2015. VXX and the other long oriented ETPs continue to grind lower as VIX stays at low levels and the futures maintain contango. SKEW stands out[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 15, 2015, 3:00 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/15/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/15/2015

    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 101 “What is the essence of VIX? This may seem like an abstract, philosophical question, but I can assure you it is not. It is a practical one, and if you can understand what makes VIX unique, you will know why this index matters so much...” “The Essence of VIX: What You Really Need to Know”[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Education | May 15, 2015, 1:15 PM

    Weekly Market Commentary 5.15.15

    Weekly Market Commentary 5.15.15

    The broad stock market has continued to frustrate both bulls and bears by remaining within a trading range for quite some time.  However, today, $SPX closed at a new all-time high and thus is on the verge of an upside breakout.  While this produced much glee on CNBC, there could be problems once again if this breakout is not confirmed. The simplest confirmation would be another $SPX close at new all-time highs, and this time above the all-time intra-day high at 2125.92. Equity-only put-call[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 14, 2015, 12:16 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.13.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 5.13.15

    Volatility as an asset class Kohl's (KSS) is recently is down $8.78 to $65.70 on weak February Same Store Sales. June call option implied volatility is at 25, July is at 24; compared to its 90-day average of 24. Vipshop (VIPS) is recently down $1.30 to $25.73 after reports Q1 adjusted EPS 13c, consensus 10c and inline revenue of $1.39B. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, June is at 47, August is at 51; compared to its 90-day average of 49. Jack in the Box (JACK) is recently down[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | May 12, 2015, 9:22 AM

    More Color on the Big $VIX Trade

    More Color on the Big $VIX Trade

    I get to CBOE each morning about 7:15 and by 7:16 I was running around the floor trying to find out a little more about the VIX roll from yesterday. First, I’ll start at the beginning. It appears this all began back on April 10th when the trade that got rolled forward yesterday was opened. Back in April about 180,000 VIX Jun 17 Calls were purchased for 1.74 and about 360,000 VIX Jun 23 Calls were sold at 0.82. I keep using ‘about’ as a hedge clause because the actual trade[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | May 12, 2015, 7:59 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.12.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 5.12.15

    The weakest Japanese bond auction in over six years, Greece staying solvent by delivering all cash reserves to the IMF, and profit taking are weighing heavily on US stock futures this morning.  European shares off ~1.5%, 10-year at 2.3%. Volatility as an asset class AOL (AOL) is up $7.75 to $50.34 in the premarket on Verizon (VZ) acquiring for $50 per share or $4.4B. May call option implied volatility is at 37, June is at 32; compared to its 90-day average of 30. IShares Barclay 20+ YR Treasury[...]

  • Market News | VIX | May 11, 2015, 7:57 PM

    Large Ratio Call Spread Roll in $VIX Options Today

    Large Ratio Call Spread Roll in $VIX Options Today

    It appears one volatility trader believes a spike is on the horizon for VIX, but altered the timing of their outlook today. They were prepared for a move to the upside before June expiration, but rolled their position out to VIX options expiring July 22. The specific position was long 180,000 VIX Jun 17 Calls plus short 360,000 VIX Jun 23 Calls (1 x 2) which was rolled out to long 180,000 VIX Jul 17 Calls plus short 360,000 VIX Jul 23 Calls in a big rolling trade at CBOE today. My hope is to[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | May 11, 2015, 4:00 PM

    Will The Nasdaq & Russell 2k Drag The SPX Back Down? - Weekly Market Outlook

    Will The Nasdaq & Russell 2k Drag The SPX Back Down? - Weekly Market Outlook

    You have to give credit to the bulls - they're not going down without a fight. In fact, last week's market rebound right from the brink of disaster was another impressive comeback. On the other hand, as impressive as Friday's bounce was, stocks still aren't over the big hurdle that's been holding them back since February.  Will this be the time we break through past the recent choppiness and trend higher? We'll draw that line in the sand after recapping last week's big economic news[...]