Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update 9.27.13

Volatility as an asset class

Finish Line (FINL) is recently up $1.76 to $24.15 after the athletic gear retailer reported Q2 earnings rose 6.1% on a double-digit revenue increase. October call option implied volatility is at 34, November is at 29, February is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 34.

DexCom (DXCM) is recently down $2.10 to $27.10 after a competing glucose monitoring system from Medtronic (MDT) obtained FDA approval. October call option implied is at 36, November is at 44, December is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 39.

Financial Select Sector (XLF) is recently up 7c to $20.06 into U.S.  Government budget bill debates. Overall option implied volatility is at 18, compared to its 26-week average of 19.

CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) is recently down $2.88 to $958.72, above its 50-day moving average of 959.87.

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CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is recently up 88c to 14.94. VIX October 18 and 20 calls are active on total option volume of 185K contacts at the CBOE.

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX) are recently up 43c to 14.05.

S&P 100 Options (OEX) is recently down $3.12 to $753.58 as U.S. politicians try and hammer out a budget deal to avert a government shutdow