Volatility as an asset class:
Ulta Salon (ULTA) is up $8.44 to $103.70 in the premarket after reporting strong Q2 results and adding Clinique boutiques. Overall option implied volatility of 52 is above its 26-week average of 40.
Intel (INTC) is down 67c to $24.42 in the after cutting its Q3 revenue outlook and guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 25 is near its 26-week average.
Cooper Cos.’s (COO) is up $6.02 to $92.05 in the premarket following Q3 earnings rising 51%. Overall option implied volatility of 33 is above its 26-week average of 30.
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed at 15.60. VIX closed above its 10-day moving average of 16.76 and its 50-day MA of 16.74.
Calls with increasing volume at CBOE;
JPM 1/19/2013 41 20K contracts
FB 9/7/2012 19 17K
BBG 9/22/2012 25 15K
SPY 9/22/2012 147 13K
AAPL 9/7/2012 675 13K
BAC 9/22/2012 9 12K
F 9/22/2012 10 12K
Headline Unemployment Rate drops to 8.1% from 8.3%. The more important number is 96k jobs added in Aug, well below 135k expected. So was jump in ADP# yesterday a headfake? U.S. stocks are mixed to higher on this report. Asian stocks closed up, European stocks paring gains but still up.