Volatility as an asset class
Amazon.com (AMZN) is up $21.65 to $282.00 in the premarket on Q4 results showing evidence margin profitability is increasing. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 119, February is at 52, March is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 40.
VIX methodology for Amazon (VXAZN) closed at 49.93; above its 50-day moving average of 35.11.
Boeing (BA) is higher by $0.90 to $74.55 in the premarket after the aerospace company reported Q4 revenue of $22.3B, compared to consensus $22.36B. Overall option implied volatility of 24 is near its 26-week average of 24.
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) is up $2 to $20.99 in the premarket on CEO Aubrey McClendon retiring on April 1. Overall option implied volatility of 34 is below its 26-week average of 45.
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed at 13.31, above its 10-day moving average of 13.03, and its 50-day moving average of 15.49.
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is up 6c to 150.72 in the premarket into today’s FOMC meeting results and before the Q4 GDP results.
Calls with increasing volume at CBOE;
SPY 3/28/2013 154 22K contracts
SCHW 1/18/2014 17 9K
AAPL 2/1/2013 460 6K
MPC 1/18/2014 90 5K
EWZ 6/22/2013 57 5K
EEM 6/22/2013 47 4K
BAC 2/1/2013 11.5 4K
4Q GDP -0.1% (that’s a minus 0.1%) versus up +3.1% Q#. First decline in 4 years
GDP for full year 2012 +2.2% versus +1.8% 2011
PCE Price Index Q4 +1.2%
ADP said the economy added 192k new jobs in January
December Payroll’s lowered by 30k, from 215k to 185k.