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  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 23, 2015, 7:16 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.23.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.23.15

    Earnings from major players hitting the tape (PG off $1.50, CAT up $3, GM misses on top and bottom line and is off $1) and more after the close. Chinese economic numbers (PMI) weak again but Asian shares slightly higher, Europe weak with DAX off 1.2%).  Housing data 30 minutes into trading day.  Volatility as an asset class Facebook (FB) is down $1.13 to $83.51 in the premarket on higher user growth and engagement driving strong ad growth, somewhat offset by foreign exchange headwinds and[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 22, 2015, 12:07 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.22.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.22.15

    Volatility as an asset class Boeing (BA) is recently down $3.58 to $149.75 on Q1 profit increasing 38% on growth in its commercial-airlines segment. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 19, May is at 17, June and August is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 22. Coca-Cola (KO) is recently up 47c to $41.25 on better than expected Q1 profit and revenue. May weekly call option implied volatility is at 15, June is at 14, July is at 13, November is at 14; compared to its 26-week average[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 22, 2015, 7:55 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.22.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.22.15

    KO and BA Q1 earnings beat estimates but BA revenues with a small miss.  Busy week for earnings, McDonalds expected later this morning with revenues, earnings and same-store-sales looking to be down.  European shares mostly lower on continued Greek uncertainty. 10-year yield falls below 1.91%. Traders in Chicago bleary-eyed as BlackHawks won a Stanley Cup Playoff game in triple-overtime - 1:30amish.  Oh, and it snowed on the way in this morning, Happy Spring.  Volatility as an[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 21, 2015, 11:51 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.21.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.21.15

    Volatility as an asset class Teva (TEVA) is recently up $1.23 to $64.52 after proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Mylan (MYL) in a transaction valued at $82.00 per Mylan share, with the consideration to be comprised of approximately 50% cash and 50% stock. April weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, May is at 39, June is at 29; compares to its 26-week average of 25. Mylan (MYL) is recently up $6.40 to $74.43.  April weekly all option implied volatility of 47, May[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 21, 2015, 7:54 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.21.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.21.15

    Markets look to add to yesterdays gains and Q1 earnings reports continue to flood in.  Overseas markets mostly higher, traders watching events overseas as a Chinese-owned company defaulted overnight and EU and Greece rhetoric getting louder.  May Crude futures expire today.  TEVA, Mylan merger being heard again this morning, Mylan had made a bid for Perrigo last week  MSCI EEM, EAFE Index options launch at CBOE this morning.  Volatility as an asset class IBM (IBM) is up $0.64[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 20, 2015, 7:45 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Options 4.20.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Options 4.20.15

    US and European stock futures with a nice bounce (DAX up 1.4%) after last weeks pounding, Asian shares lower.  China cuts reserves a larger than expected 100 basis points.  Oil and Gold lower, bonds flat. Lots of earnings reports this week.  PG and COST raised dividends this morning. Option volume on Expiration Friday very good, as over 21.8  million contracts change hands, 1.15mm in SPX.   MSCI EEM, EAFE Index options launch tomorrow.  Volatility as an asset class: Morgan[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Apr 17, 2015, 3:06 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 4/17/2015

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 4/17/2015

    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. MSCI Options Countdown Options on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EM) and the MSCI EAFE Index (EAFE) will make their trading debut at CBOE next week – Tuesday, April 21st.  These new products will give money managers an efficient method for managing risk exposure to equity markets outside the U.S. [...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 17, 2015, 11:53 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.17.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.17.15

    Volatility as an asset class General Electric (GE) is recently up 9c to $27.37 after reporting Q1 operating EPS 31c, consensus 30c. April weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, May is at 16, June is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 18. Honeywell (HON) is recently down $2.48 to $101.51 after maintaining lower its revenue outlook on a cautious view of the global economy. May call option implied volatility is at 16, June is at 15, September is at 17; compared to its 26-week average[...]

  • Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 17, 2015, 8:25 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.17.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.17.15

    Expiration Friday.  March CPI up 0.2%, Core Rate also up 0.2%, mostly in line.  Several factors pushing US Futures lower this morning.  Problems with Greece and EU persist (European shares off 1.3%), China adjusting margins and allowed short selling in the majority of stocks and as some traders are aware, there have been problems with Bloomberg terminals around the world.  A bond auction in England delayed due to this.   More economic data in first hour of trading. [...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 16, 2015, 11:40 AM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.16.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.16.15

    Volatility as an asset class Philip Morris (PM)) is recently up $5.91 to $84.05 on better than expected Q1 results and outlook. April call option implied volatility is at 23, May is at 84, June is at 13, September is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 17. Blackstone (BX) is recently up 81c to $41.84 on the asset manager reporting Q1 profit more than doubling. May and June call option implied volatility is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 24. BlackRock (BLK) is recently down $6.95[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 16, 2015, 7:58 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.16.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.16.15

    Financial stocks doing well this morning on very good earnings, but markets watching European markets for direction.  DAX off ~1.6%, Oil nearing a 2% drop.  Housing Starts in March with a big miss, Weekly Claims rise. Blackhawks with double-overtime, come-from-behind win (game ended 11:25pm last night) has traders looking a little groggy this morning. VIX Futures with 13,500 contracts traded in extended overnight session.  Watch Europe.  Volatility as an asset class Netflix (NFLX)[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 15, 2015, 12:00 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.15.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.15.15

    Volatility as an asset class Bank of America (BAC) is recently down 19c to $15.64 after reporting Q1 EPS with items 27c, compared to consensus 29c.  April call option implied volatility is at 26, May and June is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 24. PNC Financial (PNC) is recently down 96c to $92.66 after reporting Q1 revenue fell 1.2%. April call option implied volatility is at 21, May is at 18, August is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19. U.S. Bancorp (USB) is recently up[...]

  • Market News | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 15, 2015, 7:48 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.15.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.15.15

    BAC off fractionally as earnings swing to positive ($5.6B less in legal fees helps) but revenue misses.  DAL up $0.50 but even as earnings met, DAL sees turbulance with dollar ahead. GOOG with EU problems this morning. Several Chinese economic numbers missed overnight.  Oil up ~1%.  Empire State Manufacturing off ~1.2% for April (+6.9% March, +7% expected), New Orders at 2-year low. VIX settlement numbers will be released as they are available this morning.  Beige Book data after[...]

  • Blogging Options | Apr 14, 2015, 8:15 AM

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.14.15

    Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.14.15

    Q1 earnings started hitting the tape before the open.  JPM up ~$1 on a beat, WFC also reports but earnings didn't hit whisper number.  March Retail Sales up 0.9%, but below 1.1% consensus (X-Auto up 0.4%, +0.7% anticipated).  10-year drops to 1.88%, Crude up ~1%. Last day to trade April VIX, settles tomorrow AM.  Volatility as an asset class: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is up $031 to $4.65 in the preopen on Nokia (NOK) confirms it’s in 'advanced discussions' to buy. Overall option[...]

  • VIX | Blogging Options | Trader Talk | Apr 13, 2015, 12:00 PM

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.13.15

    CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.13.15

    Volatility as an asset class JP Morgan (JPM) is recently up 43c to $62.13 into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.  April call option implied volatility is at 29, May is at 18, June and September is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20. Wells Fargo (WFC) is recently up 28c to $54.60 in the expected release of Q1 results on April 14. April call option implied volatility is at 27, May is at 17, June is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17. IShares Barclay 20+ YR Treasury[...]