Volatility as an asset class;
FedEx (FDX) is down $1.48 to $87.88 in the premarket. Q Earnings were slightly above estimates, but FDX seeing FY13 EPS $6.20-$6.60, consensus $7.04. Overall option implied volatility of 24 is below its 26-week average of 27.
Dole Food (DOLE) is up $1.01 to $14.71 in the premarket after announcing the sale of its Asian produce businesses for $1.685B. Overall option implied volatility of 55 is above its 26-week average of 50.
AMD (AMD) is down 36c to $3.65 in the premarket after announcing its CFO resignation. Overall option implied volatility of 54 is above its 26-week average of 50.
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed at 14.59. VIX closed below its 10-day moving average of 15.73 and its 50-day MA of 16.37.
Calls with increasing volume at CBOE;
SPY 10/20/2012 147 41K contracts
XLF 10/20/2012 17 15K
AAPL 9/22/2012 700 14K
BAC 10/20/2012 10 12K
UUP 10/20/2012 22 12K
U.S. stocks are mixed to lower in the premarket as traders take profits after last week’s sharp rally. Account Deficit a non-event. World markets lower, Spain and Italy off over 1%.