Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 2.21.14

Semi-quiet morning.  Existing Home Sales 30-minutes into regular session will be watched closely.  if Ukraine ceasefire holds this may calm world markets.

Priceline.com (PCLN) is up $39.70 to $1322.70 in the premarket after Q4 earnings and revenue beat expectations, though the company’s Q1 outlook was a bit short of expectations. February call option implied volatility is at 136, March is at 37, April is at 33, July is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 27.

HP (HPQ) is higher by $0.41 to $30.61 after reporting earnings and revenue and giving Q2 and fiscal 2014 earnings guidance that was in-line with expectations. February call option implied volatility is at 119, March is 31, May and August is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 34.

Groupon (GRPN) is down $1.38 to $8.90 in the premarket after the company reported Q4 billings, gross profit and EBITDA below it estimates and guided 2014 EBITDA $20M below  expectations. February call option implied volatility is at 181, March is at 78, April is at 67, July at 64; above its 26-week average of 64.

Options expected to be active @ CBOE: HPQ GRPN PCLN TOL FUEL AGU MRVL JNPR
CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) at 1036.99, compared to its 50-day moving average of 1014.28. cboe.com/BXM

CBOE DJIA BuyWrite Index (BXD) at 255.32, compared to its 50-day moving average of 252.78. cboe.com/micro/bxd/

CBOE S&P 500 Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) closed at 13.25, compared to its 10-day moving average of 13.53. VXST is a market-based gauge of expectations of 9-day volatility.  cboe.com/vxst

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX) is recently down 19c to 42.35 in the premarket.

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 14.79, compared to its 10-day moving average of 14.84 and its 50-day moving average of 14.67. cboe.com/VIX

$VIX @ 14.79, 10-day MA 14.84, 50-day MA 14.67 cboe.com/VIX

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is up 38c to $184.48 as global shares and the dollar rose.

Calls with increasing volume at CBOE:

SPY 2/22/2014 184 32K contracts
MU 2/22/2014 24 12K
FB 3/22/2014 70 11K
IWM 2/22/2014 116 11K
AAPL 2/22/2014 535 8K