Once the dust had settled last week, large cap stocks dropped slightly with the Russell 1000 losing 0.10%. Small cap stocks were the place to be, at least on a week over week basis, as the Russell 2000 rose 0.48%. It was a frantic trading week due to the first FOMC meeting in a very long time that had some debate and uncertainty as to what the ‘Fed was going to do’. They did nothing and small cap stocks liked it more than large cap stocks.
The relationship between the CBOE Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) and the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) was at unprecedented levels recently with RVX closing below VIX for several days. RVX remained at a decent premium to VIX despite the under performance of large cap stocks last week.
Finally, a shameless promotion – which I don’t feel too bad about since the cost here is reasonable (free). The Options Institute is hosting the first ever “RUT Fest” on Thursday which is an all-day (9 to 4 with a break for lunch) series of webcasts that will touch on various methods of trading Russell 2000 Index Options as well as associated futures contracts. Guests on Thursday include Dan Passarelli, Mark Sebastian, Joe Cusick and Pete Mulmat from Tasty Trade. I know all day can be a big commitment, so even if you just want to check in on one or two of the presentations sign up using the link below. Finally, if you don’t think you can make it on Thursday, sign up anyway, as you will be on the list of get a ‘heads up’ when the recordings are available to watch.