• Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | May 16, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Weekly Market Outlook - On The Verge Of A Bigger Pullback?

    Weekly Market Outlook - On The Verge Of A Bigger Pullback?

    The market may have started the previous week on a bullish foot, but it certainly didn't end the week on one. Not only did the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) log three straight losing days to end last week's trading, but it broke below a key support level it couldn't really afford to break. Stocks still aren't past the point of no return yet, but it's alarmingly close. We'll dissect the odds below after running down last week's and this week's major economic headlines. Economic Data Not a lot of economic[...]

  • Sometimes It's Best to Sit Back and Wait

    Sometimes It's Best to Sit Back and Wait

    As traders, we make our living each and every day trying to find the best trading opportunities.  For some, daily profits are the lifeblood of their existence not just feeding the ego but also paying the rent, putting food on the table and paying the bills.  This of course is the wrong approach for anyone who really chooses this career, as the timeframe chosen is critical as is the amount of capital in reserve.  Most of us realize the best possible position is to be well-capitalized,[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Trade Ideas | May 15, 2016, 3:54 PM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/9 - 5/13

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/9 - 5/13

    After starting the week off on a bullish note, the S&P 500 finished out down just over a half a percent for the week. VIX was up just a bit more than 2%, most likely being held back by weakness that was associated with the S&P 500 moving higher on Monday and Tuesday last week. The spread between the May VIX future and spot index is pretty narrow finishing Friday at less than a point. Not only did the spread between the May futures and spot VIX index narrow, but a portion of the curve actually[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 15, 2016, 2:09 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/9 - 5/13

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/9 - 5/13

    There was a slight twist in the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT curve last week as the shorter dated indexes rose and the two long dated indexes dropped slightly. Although unusual, I am not reading too much into this as the curve was already pretty steep and remains so after relatively small changes across the board last week. While updating the numbers below the first thing that stood out to me was the continued elevated level of VVIX. With VIX up a bit, but still in the 15’s[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 14, 2016, 5:14 PM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 5/9 - 5/13

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 5/9 - 5/13

    According to some of the headlines I came across this week, stock market participants are worried about economic growth. This concern about growth showed up in the relative performance of the Russell 2000 (RUT) and Russell 1000 (RUI) this week as RUT was down twice as much as RUI (-1.10% versus -0.54%). This places RUT down a little less than 3% for the year and RUI precariously in the green by a single basis point. Concerns over growth continue to show up in the relationship between[...]

  • VIX | Education | Futures | May 13, 2016, 1:34 PM

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/13/2016

    The Weekly Options News Roundup – 5/13/2016

    The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast, online and social media outlets. VIX FIX – Tepid Volatility For weeks, market enthusiasts have braced themselves for a resurgence in volatility that has yet to materialize. The Dow Jones is ending the week slightly lower, while the CBOE Volatility Index continued to venture lower, dropping below the 14 level mid-week, before slightly rebounding[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Trader Talk | May 10, 2016, 6:40 PM

    A Walk Through the Maze

    A Walk Through the Maze

    Let's detail a story of the last two weeks, in which I stumbled through a maze in search of the reward at the other end.  I've made some wrong turns and backtracked a few times, but I think I smell the cheese ever stronger, ever closer to me, right around the next corner. On April 28th I started with nothing but an idea, so I set it in motion as such:  With SVXY trading at $56.63 the moment I spied it, I sold ten SVXY 56 strike puts for the May 6th (six trading days away) expiration for[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | Strategy | May 9, 2016, 12:21 PM

    Weekly Market Outlook - May Rally?

    Weekly Market Outlook - May Rally?

    The market may have finished last week on a bullish note, and started the week on a bullish note.  The middle of the week, however, was rough enough on stocks to leave the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) down 0.4% for the five-day span. On the other hand, when push came to shove at a critical line in the sand, the bulls were doing more pushing and shoving than the bears were.  Friday's gain - small as it may have been - happened in such a way and in such a place that there's a decent chance[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 8, 2016, 1:09 PM

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/2 - 5/6

    Weekend Review - Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 5/2 - 5/6

    The S&P 500 was down 0.44% last week which places the index up only 0.65% for the year. Three out of the four S&P 500 focused volatility indexes were also lower last week, despite the drop in the S&P 500. I find the longer end of the curve holding up like it has for most of 2016 interesting as well as worrisome, at least if you are bullish on stocks. In the ETP space VXX was down by 5.11% and UVXY lost a little over twice as much at VXX. SVXY put up a decent week gaining[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Futures | Strategy | Trade Ideas | May 7, 2016, 11:35 AM

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/2 - 5/6

    Weekend Review - VIX Options and Futures - 5/2 - 5/6

    VIX dropped last week, with a big part of the drop coming Friday afternoon. Note the futures followed suit, but specifically note that the front month May future gave up a little more ground than spot VIX. This is sort of common when we have an employment number. Also note how flat the curve is from July through November – the theory is that the Fed is out of play between the conventions and the election which may result in relative calm for the financial markets. Late Thursday[...]

  • Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/2 - 5/6

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 5/2 - 5/6

    Small cap stocks get so close and then seem to fall back when reaching unchanged on the year or catching up with the performance of large cap stocks. This week the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropped 1.44% while the large cap focused Russell 1000 (RUI) lost 0.49%. This places RUT in the red by 1.86% for 2016 while RUI is still up 0.55%. With the underperformance of small cap stocks last week came a relative rise in the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX). The RVX / VIX premium began the[...]

  • VIX | Futures | May 6, 2016, 10:30 AM

    Record Volume in April for SPX Wednesday-Expiring Weeklys Options

    Record Volume in April for SPX Wednesday-Expiring Weeklys Options

    In February CBOE launched S&P 500® Index (SPX) Wednesday-expiring WeeklysSM options. Last month the average daily volume for the "Wednesday Weeklys" rose to a record high of 72,957 contracts. In the February press release CBOE Holdings CEO Edward T. Tilly said – "We are pleased to further expand our SPX product complex with the introduction of SPX Weeklys with Wednesday expirations. Wednesday Weeklys, in addition to end-of-the-week expirations, will increase opportunities[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | May 5, 2016, 3:25 PM

    Non-Farm Payrolls, VIX, and the Fed Ahead!

    Non-Farm Payrolls, VIX, and the Fed Ahead!

    The monthly Employment Situation, or Non-Farm Payroll data will be released before the market opens tomorrow (5/6). This tends to be a market moving event, and given the “data dependency” of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) and Chair Yellen’s emphasis on the health of the labor market, these are particularly meaningful data points. According to Reuters, the consensus analyst expectation calls for a net addition of 202,000 jobs in April. The unemployment rate likely[...]

  • Market News | Technical Analysis & Charts | VIX | Futures | May 2, 2016, 10:21 AM

    Weekly Market Outlook - Is The Market Rolling Over?

    Weekly Market Outlook - Is The Market Rolling Over?

    Following through on the budding bearish effort from two weeks ago, the bears fended off a bullish bounce-back effort over the course of the first half of last week. It wasn't meant to be, however. Between Thursday's and Friday's high-volume selling, the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) booked a 1.2% loss last week, and broke below some key support levels in the process. If history is any indication, this stumble may well be the beginning of a more serious pullback. We'll dissect the rollover effort[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Trade Ideas | May 1, 2016, 9:24 AM

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 4/25 - 4/29

    Weekend Review - Russell 2000 Index and Volatility - 4/25 - 4/29

    Stocks had a tough week and the Russell 2000 (RUT) was down 1.4% on the week and took the small cap benchmark from positive to negative territory for 2016. Large cap stocks held up a bit better with the Russell 1000 (RUI) losing 1.26% and the large cap benchmark remains positive on the year by just over 1%. Even though RUT underperformed a bit, the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) premium to VIX dropped a bit and both volatility indexes climbed last week.  The RVX / VIX[...]

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