Volatility as an asset class
MBIA (MBI) is recently up $3.60 to $13.53 after its settled a suit with Bank of America (BAC). May call option implied volatility is at 147, June is at 89, August is at 86; compared to its 26-week average of 71.
General Motors (GM) is recently down 5c to $32.05 on news the U.S. Treasury will begin selling 241K shares of the company. May call option implied volatility is at 31, June and September is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 30.
Adobe (ADBE) is recently down 25c to $46.76 after the digital creative and marketing service company reaffirmed Q2, FY13 financial targets. May call option implied volatility is at 21, June is at 25, August is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 24.
CBOE S&P 500 2% OTM BuyWrite Index (BXY) is recently up 1.65 to 1299.20, above its 10-day moving average of 1290.66 and its 50-day moving average of 1269.76.
Actives: AAPL BAC C LVLT GOOG NFLX MMM GS BIDU MBI
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is recently up 4c to 12.89. VIX May 14 calls, May 14 and 16 puts are active on total option volume of 222K contacts at the CBOE.
CBOE DJIA Volatility Index (VXD) is recently down 1.1% to 11.80. www.cboe.com/VXD
S&P 100 Options (OEX) is recently up 1.64 to $727.30 as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) help nudge the markets higher.