Blogging Options: CBE Morning Update 4.25.14

Soft opening coming up.  Visa off $9, TSLA looks $6 lower, Ford missed.  BIDU higher by 5 points but futures off, QQQ down 0.50.  Crude loses $1, Gold up $4.  Russia not happy about another S&P downgrade.     10-year yield 2.669%.  Watch the VIX.    Volatility as an asset class

Amazon.com (AMZN) is down $17.26 to $319.80 in the premarket after reporting Q1 earnings that were in-line with expectations on revenues that topped estimates. The company also provided Q2 revenue outlook that was in-line with expectations. April weekly call option implied volatility is at 121, May is at 39, June is at 33, July is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 28.

Microsoft (MSFT) is up 0.59 to $40.45 after reporting earnings that beat expectations on revenues that were roughly in-line with estimates. The company sold 1.2M Xbox One units during the quarter and said Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11%.  April weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, May is at 23, June is at 20, July and October is at 19; compared to 26-week average of 23.

Starbucks (SBUX) is up $1.09 to $72.18 in the premarket after reporting profit that in-line with estimates and reaffirming its fiscal 2014 revenue outlook and said it expects same-store sales growth for 2014 to be in the mid-single digits.  April call option implied volatility is at 83, May is at 27, June is at 24, July is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 23.

Options expected to be active @ CBOE: F FB PLUG AMZN MSFT CYTK BIDU AAPL

CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUT) at 1416.12 compared to its 10-day MA of 1402.60 and its 50-day moving average of 1399.43. cboe.com/PUT

CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) at 1054.02, compared to its 10-day moving average of 1042.91 cboe.com/BXM

CBOE DJIA BuyWrite Index (BXD) at 261.70, compared to its 50-day moving average of 257.71 cboe.com/micro/bxd/

CBOE S&P 500 Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) at 13.27, compared to its 10-day moving average of 14.18. VXST is a market-based gauge of expectations of 9-day stks.co/r0CS2

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX) up 21c to 41.76

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) at 13.32, compared to its 10-day moving average of 14.52 and its 50-day moving average of 14.51 cboe.com/VIX

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is down 0.59 to $187.24 after S&P reduced Russia’s rating by a notch to BBB-, or one grade above junk level, and kept the country’s outlook at negative as the tensions with Ukraine continue to ratchet up.

Calls with increasing volume at CBOE:
EWJ 6/21/2014 11 51K contracts
QQQ 6/21/2014 90.63 20K
SPY 5/17/2014 190 13K
FB 5/17/2014 65 11K
P 9/20/2014 35 10K