Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update

Volatility as an asset class

VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) closed at 34.14; above its 50-day moving average of 30.42 as APPL trades near record high.

VIX methodology for Google (VXGOG) closed at 33.58; above its 50-day moving average of 27.31; GOOG trades at upper end of historic price range.
 
VIX methodology for IBM (VXIBM) closed at 19.52, near its 50-day moving average; IBM closes @ near record high.
 
VIX methodology for Amazon (VXAZN) closed at 38.47; above its 50-day moving average of 35.36.
 
VIX methodology for Goldman Sachs (VXGS) closed at 33.04; near its 50-day moving average of 34.67.
 
CBOE Volatility Index-VIX closed at 15.64, 10-day moving average is 15.30, 50-day moving average is 17.43.

 
Stocks with significant put volume increases;

AAPL 4/5/2012 600 8K contracts
 
VZ 4/21/2012 33 6K
 
STD 9/22/2012 7 4K
 
CSCO 4/21/2012 19 4K

U.S. equities are mixed to lower into the release of March FOMC minutes. Ford & Chrysler reported good monthly sales. Euro markets soft this morning.