Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update

Volatility as an asset class
SodaStream (SODA) is recently up $7.35 to $72.37 following its price target raised to $80 from $60 at Oppenheimer. August call option implied volatility is at 82, September is at 72 is above 10-week average of 64.
Google (GOOG) August and September put option implied volatility of 25 is below its 26-week average of 27 and near the low end of its seven-year range, as shares trade near its 44-month high.
Market Vector Gold Miners (GDX) 73K option contracts have traded on the CBOE as gold trades near a record high. August call option implied volatility of 31 is near its 26-week average.