Stocks soften on Hawkish FED & Yellen remarks. Crude trades at 6-year low, with WTI under $44.50. 10-year drops 9 basis points to 1.73. Options volume pretty average.
Boeing (BA) is up $7.95 to $140.55 on better than expected Q4 results and light guidance. February, March and April call option implied volatility is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 19.
US Steel (X) is up $2.73 to $24 on better than expected Q4 results and outlook. February call option implied volatility is at 53, March is at 57, April is at 50, July is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 43.
Illumina (ILMN) is recently up $1 from $204.24 after the company’s sequencing business performed better in Q4 than implied by the company’s expectations. February, March and June call option implied volatility is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 42.
CBOE Volatility Index-VIX methodology for Energy Select Sector SPDR (VXXLE) up 8.2% to 29.62. cboe.com/micro/VIXETF/VXXLE/
Active options at CBOE: AAPL PBR X TWTR C NFLX YHOO TSLA MNKD FB
Options with increasing volume @ CBOE: TPX COMM GNTX FSL TUP LXK IDTI BHP HRB TEL
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) up 7% (1.35) to 18.57. February 23 and 25 calls are active on total volume of 119K cboe.com/VIX
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures (VXX) is higher by 2% to 32.62.
CBOE S&P 500 Short-Term Volatility Index (VXST) is up 7% to 18.77; compared to its 50-day moving average of 15.81 stks.co/r0CS2
CBOE DJIA BuyWrite Index (BXD) up 44c to 262.27 compared to its 50-day moving average of 262.38 cboe.com/micro/bxd/
S&P 100 Options (OEX) recently is recently up 1.42 to 890.40 into the Fed’s first two-day policy meeting of the year concludes this afternoon.