DJIA moves higher by ~90 points, NASDAQ higher by ~1%. BA, CAT & CVX pulling Industrials higher, while telecoms only S&P sector lower. ~11mm options trade through mid-day, with SPX volume at 710k and VIX at 345k. VIX retreats 0.40 to 11.70. AAPL Weeklys traded over 200k options this morning. Baseball fans mourning loss of Don Zimmer, 60 years in MLB as player, coach, manager and mentor.
Zynga (ZNGA) is down $0.34 to $2.93, an eight-month low after a presentation last night by the company’s CEO Don Mattrick at a conference. Zynga June call option implied volatility is at 71, July at 62, August is at 64, September is at 65; compared to its 26-week average 60.
Apple (AAPL) is off $0.30 to $644.52 into a 7-for-1 stock split on June 6. June 13 weekly and June option implied volatility is at 29, June is at 23, July is at 22, August is at 24 and October at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25.
VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) +1.9% to 24.33, compared to its 10-day MA of 22.41. CBOE.com/VXAPL
Sprint (S) is down $0.32 to $9.08 after Reuters reported that the company agreed to purchase T-Mobile (TMUS) for $40 per share. June, July and August call option implied volatility of 44 is below its 26-week average of 53.
Actives at CBOE: AAPL AMZN MNKD TWTR ZNGA TSLA PBR NQ
Stocks with increasing volume @ CBOE: RAD WFM FURX LINTA PL CBG UNXL FIVE AVGO ETRM RDNT
CBOE S&P 500 Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) off 96c to 10.63; compared to its 10-day moving average of 10.47. VXST is a market-based gauge of expectations of 9-day volatility stks.co/r0CS2
CBOE DJIA BuyWrite Index (BXD) up 0.2% 267.48, compared to its 50-day moving average of 262.06 cboe.com/micro/bxd/
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) down 4% to 11.61. VIX June 16, 22 and 22 calls are active on 239K contracts @ CBOE cboe.com/VIX
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX) down 1.14 to 32.01.
CBOE DJIA Volatility Index (VXD) down 3% to 11.10; compared to its 50-day moving average of 12.45.
CBOE Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index (VXN) down 4% to 13.64; compared to its 50-day moving average of 16.98
S&P 100 Options (OEX) up 5.06 to $858.20 after the European Central Bank lowers benchmark rate to 0.15%.