The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX Index and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets.     

S&P 500 (SPX ) Options Volume
SPXAverage daily volume (ADV) for SPX options is up for a fifth consecutive year.  

ADV for SPX options rose to 1.18 million contracts in the first quarter of 2017, up 15% over the first quarter of 2016.

Open interest for SPX options was 14.5 million contracts at the end of the first quarter of 2017, a rise of 17% over the first quarter of 2016

Reg Ready
On Thursday, Bats Europe and Bloomberg announced a joint initiative to provide Bloomberg customers the ability to use Approved Publication Arrangements (APA) to fulfill MiFID II transparency reporting requirements.

The initiative allows clients the ability to report all asset classes using one feed directly through Bloomberg’s Regulatory Hub (RHUB), helping fulfill their reporting requirements by providing a single data entry point for MiFID II solutions.

“Bats Europe, Bloomberg Join Forces for MiFID II Trade Reporting – Aggelos Andreou, Waters Technology

“Bats and Bloomberg Partner for MiFID II Reporting – Hayley McDowell, The Trade

VIX FIX: Volatility after a Series of Global Events
A whirlwind of geo political events this week tempered the recent rally in the Dow with back-to-back days of triple digit losses.  The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which spiked to 15.96 just before the holiday weekend, retreated into the 13s mid-week, before climbing back to near 15 by week’s end.  Many market pundits believe the VIX Index should be even higher in light of this highly unpredictable global political environment, but its current level reflects that there is less likelihood of market turmoil in the near-term.  So, as the world turns its attention to the French presidential election on Sunday, the outcome may be Viva la Vol. 

“Profiting from the Stock Market’s Latest Fears” – Steven Sears, Barron’s

“The Fearless Market Ignores Perils Ahead” – Robin Wigglesworth, Financial Times

“A New Method for Predicting Volatility ‘Tsunamis’” – Alex Rosenberg,

“Looming Threat of U.S. Government Shutdown Drives Options Bets” – Gunjan Banerji, The Wall street Journal

“Why the VIX Might not be Such a Reliable ‘Fear Gauge’ Right Now” – William Watts, Market Watch

“Why This Week Will be Pivotal for VIX” – Todd Salamone, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Fear is Creeping Back into the Market, According to the VIX” – Sam Bourgi, Economic Calendar

“VIX Signal Ringing for First Time in Years” – Andrea Kramer, Schaeffer’s Investment Research

“Rising VIX and Weak Markets Might Actually be a Buy Signal” – ETF Daily News