Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update

Volatility as an asset class:

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) @ 32, above 50-day MA of 19.77.
 
CBOE Volatility Index-VIX methodology for iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (VXEEM) @ 26.09; above 50-MA of 26.09.
 
VIX methodology for iShares Trust FTSE China 25 Index Fund (VXFXI) @ 39.88, above 50-day MA of 25.33.
 
VIX methodology for iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (VXEWZ) @ 43.22, above 50-day moving average of 27.24.
 
VIX methodology for Market Vectors Gold Miners Fund (VXGDX) @ 41.50, above 50-MA of 32.70, gold trades above $1709.
 
VIX methodology for Energy Select Sector SPDR (VXXLE) @ 40.47, above 50-day MA of 26.82. Oil trades below $84.
 
 
CBOE significant put volume increases
 
BAC 1/21/2012 7.5 19K contracts
MS 10/22/2011 16 12K
BAC 9/17/2011 8 9K
DAL 1/21/2012 7.5 8K
C1 1/21/2012 4.0000 8301 0.8K
RGEN 2/18/2012 2.5 8K
AAPL 8/5/2011 375 7K