Stocks push higher on calming of tensions in Ukraine. Gold and Oil off fractionally, 10-year yield off 2-basis points. European equities closed higher, FTSE up 9.96 points. Option activity picked in the first half of todays session. With ~10.2 mm options contracts trading, SPX with 555K, VIX options showed 290K, 1.4mm SPY options change hands. AAPL traded 1.25m contracts, BIDU, CSCO and GOOG options fairly busy.
Baidu (BIDU) is down $9.98 to $204.72 after the Chinese internet[...]