Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update

Volatility as an asset class for Blue Chips with steady dividend payouts
 
 
Verizon (VZ) raised its quarterly dividend to 50c from 48.75c. Overall option implied volatility of 22 is near its 26-week average of 21.
 
Caterpillar (CAT) has a dividend yield of 2.06%. Overall option implied volatility of 41 is above its 26-week average of 31.
 
IBM (IBM) has a dividend yield of 1.75%. Overall option implied volatility of 26 is above its 26-week average of 22.
 
McDonald’s (MCD) has a dividend yield of 2.69%. Overall option implied volatility of 21 is above its 26-week average of 18.