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  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

  • 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 | 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[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Feb 22, 2015, 8:15 AM

    The Week in VIX - 2/16 - 2/20

    The Week in VIX - 2/16 - 2/20

    VIX was down some last week and the newly christened front month March future followed the index lower and then some. Despite the drop, the March future finished Friday at a pretty steep premium relative to the index which shows that despite the S&P 500 making new highs, the volatility market isn’t convinced 2015 will be a repeat of the past couple of years in the equity space. I pulled out a couple of charts from my 2014 year end volatility review and updated them with 2015[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Education | Futures | Feb 21, 2015, 10:53 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/16 - 2/20

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 2/16 - 2/20

    Usually it is pretty easy for me to come up with something new to say regarding what went on the volatility markets last week. However, it has been a lot of the same for a pretty long time now. We have now experienced three all-time highs for the S&P 500 in 2015, which is three more than some forecasters thought we’d see, and VIX is working down to levels we were accustomed to over the past couple of years. Friday’s VIX close of 14.30 is just a tad higher than the average VIX close[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Feb 20, 2015, 4:04 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 2/20/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 2/20/2015

    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. Chicago, The Center of the Index Options Universe CBOE created the first index option in 1983, and more than three decades later, CBOE continues pioneer the index options space and be the leading marketplace for index options trading. “Bye-Bye, Open Outcry. In Options, Human Touch Still Matters” –[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Feb 20, 2015, 11:30 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.20.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 2.20.15

    Volatility as an asset class John Deere (DE) is recently down 26c to $91.42 after farm, construction and forestry equipment maker cut its fiscal 2015 income forecast earlier in conjunction with its Q1 report. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, March is at 18, June is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20. Noodles & Company is recently down after saying 2015 earnings growth will be at the low end of range. March call option implied volatility is at 55, May is at 54,[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Feb 20, 2015, 7:48 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.20.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.20.15

    European markets turn slightly negative as Greece situation not resolved yet.  DE earnings beat lowered estimates but pared back guidance has shares off $1.25 to $90.46.  WMT said to be downgraded by Barclay's, drops $1.00 to $82.52. Gold & Oil higher, US$ higher. Watch for bumpy early session on Greece deal/no deal.  Options volume average Thursday, SPX trades over 1mm contracts. Volatility as an asset class: Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK), sellers emerged in late trading,[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | Feb 19, 2015, 2:00 PM

    CBOE Risk Management Conference is Two Weeks Away

    CBOE Risk Management Conference is Two Weeks Away

    I received two inquiries this morning about CBOE's 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC), March 4 - 6, 2015 in Carlsbad, California.  It is being held at the Park Hyatt Aviara, along the Pacific Ocean, 25 miles North of San Diego California. The agenda, topics, speakers and registration forms are available at http://www.cboermc/agenda.  There is still some space available at CBOE RMC. This is considered the premiere financial industry conference designed for institutional users of[...]

  • Anticipating MSCI EAFE Index Option Price Behavior

    Anticipating MSCI EAFE Index Option Price Behavior

    Over the next few weeks there is going to be a lot going on at CBOE. The Options Institute will be turning 30 soon, VIX and SPX option hours are going to be expanded to a 2:00 am Chicago opening, and the always informative US version of the CBOE Risk Management Conference will be held in early March. However, what is on the horizon that has me the most excited is the launch of index option trading on two of the widely followed MSCI family of indexes. As a side note - my interest in new[...]