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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.2.14

Volatility as an asset class Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) is recently up $3.88 to $37.19 after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3B. September call option implied volatility is at 28, October and December is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 27. Under Armour (UA) is recently up $2.02 to $70.39 [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.2.14

Investors in the US return after the Labor Day holiday and stock futures are modestly higher.  Eyes focus on Ukraine and the jobs reports later this week.  Asian markets mixed to lower but European stocks slightly positive.  Oil and Gold each off 1%+. A report circulating by a large bank shows Manufacturing in over half [...]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/29/2014

Your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Financial Leaders Unite Leaders in the financial industry from LaSalle Street to Wall Street have joined together answering the call of the Ice-Bucket Challenge, raising money for ALS Research. CBOE CEO Ed [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.29.14

Volatility as an asset class Tesla Motors (TSLA) is recently up $6.90 to $270.66 as shares trade at a record high on signing an agreement with China Unicom (CHU) to construct 400 charging points in 120 cities at the China’s company’s outlets, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Tesla spokeswoman Peggy Yang. September weekly call [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.29.14

July Income rose 0.2% and Spending fell 0.1% (+0.3 and +0.2 expected).  Savings rate grew slightly. Two more reports later this morning and then long weekend begins. Train empty on way in. Bonds close early today. Volatility as an asset class Splunk (SPLK) is up $2.91 to $48.20 in the premarket after reporting better than [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 8.28.14

As we inch closer to the long Labor Day Holiday weekend, I’m mostly focused on weekly’s with options expiration for this Friday. I have a feeling many traders will be using this strategy with the weeklys for a quick turnaround play before taking off for the weekend. It’s going to be very interesting to see [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.28.14

Volatility as an asset class Market-Vector Russia ETF Trust (RSX) is recently down 73c to $24.39 as the Ukraine conflict worsens. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, September and October is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 25. GoPro (GPRO) is recently $2.22 to $47.73, near [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.28.14

Traders are hearing Russian troops have entered Ukraine – or haven’t, depending on whether you are hearing Ukranian, NATO or Russian comments.  On the economic front Weekly Jobless Claims remained under 300k, unchanged from last week.  Q2 GDP first revision showed the economy grew 4.2% (original estimate +4.0%, higher than the 3.9% to 4.0% estimates), [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.27.14

Volatility as an asset class Chico’s FAS (CHS) is recently down 57c to 15.45 after the woman’s seasonal merchandise reported a Q2 profit decline of 31% on promotions. September call option implied volatility of is at 27, October is at 26, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 33. Express (EXPR) is [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.27.14

Markets overseas fairly quiet and down fractionally.  Ukraine situation causing flight to safety with US & German Treasuries.  Record highs but light-holiday volume.  10K VIX futures in early session, pretty average volume.  Jackie Robinson West parade in Chicago today, good weather & big crowds expected.  Volatility as an asset class Tiffany (TIF) is up $2.23 [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.26.14

Volatility as an asset class Ann Inc.  (ANN) is recently up $2.29 to $42.28 after hiring a bank to explore strategic alternatives, Reuters says. September call option implied volatility is at 35, December is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 34. Alcoa (AA) is recently up 14c to $16.62 as aluminum trades at [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.26.14

The Durable Goods report is considered a volatile number, and the July report just released didn’t disappoint.  Durable Goods spiked higher by 22.6% (helped by a jump of 318% in non-defense aircraft), X-Aircraft Durables dropped 0.8%, a big miss.  Stock futures didn’t budge, up slightly before the opening.  Option volume yesterday a little light as [...]

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CBOE’s Ed Tilly Takes ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

I’m a little wet and the water was cold, but I was thrilled to participate in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge this afternoon. I’ve challenged three others to do the same – Steve Sears of Barron’s, Rich Repetto of Sandler O’Neill, and market commentator Jon Najarian. As of this morning, the ALS Association has raised $79.7 [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.25.14

Volatility as an asset class VIX methodology for IBM (VXIBM) up $1.21 to 14.79; below its 50-day moving average of 18.04. cboe.com/VXIBM VIX methodology for Goldman Sachs (VXGS) up 50c to 18.15; below its 50-day moving average of 18.87. cboe.com/VXGS  VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) up 89c to 25.24; below its 50-day moving average of [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.25.14

Overseas markets mixed to higher – DAX up ~1%.  10-year dips below 2.4%, oil higher, metals flat.  Busy day Friday as CBOE trades ~6.6mm of 23.5mm options trading.  SPX traded over 1mm contracts, VIX with 868K and VIX Futures showed ~365k contracts traded.  Parade in Chicago Wednesday for Jackie Robinson Jr. US Championship Little League [...]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/22/2014

Your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. VIX: Broader Not Broken In this week’s Striking Price column in Barron’s, Steve Sears highlights a recent study by Goldman Sachs suggesting that “VIX is not really broken but that investors no [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.22.14

Volatility as an asset class Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) is recently up $16.58 to 134.34 on a Kraft Foods (KRFT) licensing agreement.  September call option implied volatility is at 32, December is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 48. Foot Locker (FL) is recently up $1.58 to $54.15 on Q2 profit increasing 39%.  [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.22.14

Once Ms Yellen speaks we can get on with the summer doldrums.  Russia and Ukraine sabre rattling again giving a soft tone to stock futures.  Volatility as an asset classGameStop Corp. (GME) is up $2.75 to $43.24 in the preopen after reporting Q2 EPS of $0.22, $0.04 better than the analyst estimate of $0.18. Revenue [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 8.21.14

Gap, GameStop and Salesforce.com all report earnings after the bell and traders are setting up now in weekly options. I’m Angela Miles covering Weeklys set to expire this Friday and next Friday. I’m falling into the Gap to start this report. Some traders are using call spread strategies as an earnings play on GPS. As [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.21.14

Volatility as an asset class Bank of America (BAC) is recently up 39c to $15.91 on paying a $16.65B settlement with DOJ. August 8/27/14 call option implied volatility of 21, September is at 16, October is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 23. Auxilium (AUXL) is recently up 63c to $18.40 after announces positive data [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.21.14

European shares higher, as are most Asian stocks.  Oil and gold continue slide lower, grain prices increase overnight.  Weekly Jobless Claims fall below 300K to 298K, as expected. Jackson Hole comments will start trickling out today, Ms. Yellen talks tomorrow. Several economic numbers tomorrow at market opening.  Volatility as an asset class Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.20.14

Volatility as an asset class International Rectifier (IRF) is recently up $12.60 to $39.15 on Infineon Technologies (IFNNY) acquiring for $40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3B. September and October option implied volatility of 17 is below its 26-week average of 34. Staples (SPLS) is recently down 34c to $11.28 after [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update

Volatility as an asset class SPDR Homebuilder (XHB) is recently up 65c to $31.79 on July Housing starts were 1093K vs 1000K.  September call option implied volatility is at 16, December is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20. TJX (TJX) is recently up $4.62 to $58.55 after reporting better than expected Q2 results [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.18.14

Volatility as an asset class Google (GOOG) is recently up $10.65 to $584.20 after acquiring digital photo analysis startup Jetpac. VIX methodology for Google (VXGOG) up 2.1% to 17.25; compared to its 50-day moving average of 23.60. IBM (IBM) is recently up $2.24 to $189.57 on U.S. regulatory approval of x86 server sale to Lenovo. [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.18.14

Stocks open higher on lack of news out of Ukraine, SPX up 11 points.  Good volume on Expiration Friday, as as 22.6mm contracts trade.  SPX with ~1.2mm, VIX showed 870K.  VIX futures very active at 345K.  Oil lower, 10-year 2.37%.  Homebuilders showed optimism in recent report but FNMA said sales will slow in last half [...]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/15/2014

Your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. CBOE is the New Tweet Twitter has become an invaluable tool for investors seeking market insights and near real-time financial data.  The Wall Street Journal tabbed 50 financial Twitter feeds as “must [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.15.14

Volatility as an asset class Applied Materials (AMAT) is recently up 94c to $22.09 after the semiconductor equipment maker posted strong Q3 profit, adjusted gross margin, and order growth. August weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, September is at 30, October and January is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 33. [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.13.14

Volatility as an asset class Amazon.com (AMZN) is recently up $10.26 to $329.50 on Channel Advisor reported Amazon’s July same-store-sales came in at 40.4%, an increase compared to June’s 34.4%. Amazon has increased its year-over-year growth rate every month so far in 2014, which Channel Advisor called a “very impressive performance.”  August call option implied [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.13.14

Retail Sales disappointed, and x-food and energy were worse than the headline number.  Macy’s came in $0.06 light on earnings, off $3 or 5%.  Energy sector soft in pre-market.  Weak economic numbers overseas.  Volatility as an asset class: King Digital (KING) is down $4.08 to $14.12 in the premarket after the videogame maker cut its [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.12.14

Volatility as an asset class Tesla Motors (TSLA) is recently down $2.26 to $257 on Model S ‘has more than its share of problems,’ Consumer Reports says. August call option implied volatility is at 40, September is at 39, December is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 52. Kate Spade (KATE) is recently [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.12.14

Stock futures off a little as Ukraine and Iraq situations prompt some profit takers to lock in gains from the last two sessions.  Small business optimism up slightly. Volatility as an asset class: Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) is up $119.43 to $356.60 in the premarket after announcing an experimental liver disease drug may have had a [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update 8.11.14

Volatility as an asset class MannKind (MNKD) is recently up 79c to $8.93 after the development-stage biopharmaceutical company announced that it has formed an exclusive licensing agreement for the development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY). August call option implied volatility is at 92, September is at 73, January is at 62; [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.11.14

Calm in Ukraine and European shares up 1% point to higher US markets this morning.  Amazon & Disney implied volatilities move higher in content dispute.  10-year below 2.43%.  Metals, Oil & Ag’s mostly unchanged.  Summer doldrums.  Volatility as an asset class: Priceline.com (PCLN) is  down $17.55 to $1264 (was off over $35) in the premarket [...]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/8/2014

The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Optionspalooza Lollapalooza has wrapped up for another year, and although the stages have come down and the crowds are gone, the beats are still rockin’ on in [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.8.14

Talk of peace in southern Europe pushing stocks higher.  VIX Futures showed (preliminary numbers) over 49k contracts trade in the overnight session.  Slightly less than 600k SPX and 300k VIX Options trade by mid-day today. Volatility as an asset class: Lululemon (LULU) is up $1.17 to $40.20 following announcement that founder Chip Wilson will sell [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.8.14

Stocks modestly higher as a news source claims Premier Putin has tweeted (?) that Russia would be agreeable to talks to settle the Ukraine tensions.  ‘overseas markets slightly lower.  Train is empty coming in to work today.  Who was that good looking guy on CBOETV yesterday talking about XSP options?   26th anniversary of the first [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.7.14

Volatility as an asset class 21st Century Fox (FOXA) is recently up $1.98 to $34.40 after the company reported higher than expected Q4 earnings and the stock was upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen. August call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 26, January is at 25; compared to its [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.7.14

Good jobless report this morning and European stocks steady up.  Option volume good yesterday and ~276k VIX Futures also trade.  Consolidate.  Volatility as an asset class Costco (COST) is down $1.26 to $118.33 after reporting July SSS rose 5%. July revenue was $8.55B vs. $7.87B last year. Overall option implied volatility of 16 is at [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.6.14

Volatility as an asset class Walgreen (WAG) is recently down $8.54 to $60.58 after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots and says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal. August call option implied volatility is at 28, September is at 24, October is at 25, November is at 24; compared [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.6.14

Activity picked up yesterday in stocks and options with reports of Russian troop movements and weak economic data.  VIX Futures with ~365k contracts traded,   SPX 820k and VIX with 586k. Asian stocks lower, European shares off +1%. With Italy’s economy shrinking 0.2% and German orders sliding 3.2% in June, recession chatter picking up.  US 10-year [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.5.14

Volatility as an asset class Target (TGT) is recently down $1.80 to $58.90 after lowering its Q2 adjusted EPS view on a data breach and discounts. August and September call option implied volatility is at 21, October is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18. Cablevision (CVC) is recently down 87c to $18.57 [...]

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“The Game”: An Intern Showdown

We’ve been hearing about it for months. Jim Bittman and Russell Rhoads call it “The Game” against Spot Trading (A proprietary trading firm located seven floors below CBOE’s Regulation Department at 440 S. LaSalle). Jim and Russell got a good amount of entertainment by not explaining how to play the game, regardless of the amount [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 8.4.14

Volatility as an asset class Amgen (AMGN) is recently up $1.41 to $126.95 after the company reported its Phase 3 clinical trial ASPIRE met its primary endpoint of progression-free survival. August weekly call option implied volatility is at 22, September is at 23, October is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23. Michael [...]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8.1.2014

The Weekly News Roundup is your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Using VIX for Protection While the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remains below its historical average of 20, Russ Koesterich, Chief Investment Strategist of BlackRock, suggests investors utilize [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update 8.1.14

Active morning at CBOE, as 5.1mm contracts trade. SPX 690k, VIX options 960k and VIX Futures with 322k volume.  Volatility as an asset class: Volatility indexes have spike today as stock indexes have traded lower Proshares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (VIXY) is up 4.8% to 22.07; compared to its 50-day moving average of 20.04. Proshares [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 7.31.14

It’s been a wild week for earnings and it’s not over yet! Let’s look at Weekly options set to expire this Friday, August 1st and next Friday August 8th. Turning in earnings today three big names: LinkedIn, Gopro and Tesla. I’m starting with LinkedIn in the wake of Twitter taking off on much better than [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.31.14

Volatility as an asset class Yum! Brands (YUM) is recently down $4.05 to $68.95 after the company disclosed a “significant negative impact to same store sales” in China due to the latest China food supplier issue. August call option implied volatility is at 22, September and January is at 19; compared to its 26-week average [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.30.14

Volatility as an asset class US Steel (X) is recently up $5.36 to $33.03 on a less than expected Q2 loss. August call option implied volatility is at 36, September and January is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 34. Hess (HES) is recently up $2.05 to $101.47 after reporting better than expected [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 7.30.14

ADP July number misses expectations (gain of 219k jobs versus 230k expected and 281k rise in June), but first peek at Q2 GDP showed a jump to + 4% (+3% expected).  Part of the GDP data was estimated due to incomplete June #’s, so expect revisions when second look and final Q2 announced).  Q1 GDP [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.29.14

Volatility as an asset class Merck (MRK) is recently up $1.19 to $59.15 on Q2 sales and profits that beat expectations.  August call option implied volatility is at 15, September is at 14, January is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 18. Pfizer (PFE) is recently down 10c to $30 after backing its [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 7.29.14

Slow news-night.  Overseas markets up fractionally as 2-day FED meeting begins, and few newsworthy comments expected.  VIX futures calm overnight.  Beautiful weather in midwest again this week, trains empty coming into downtown Chicago.  little Volatility as an asset classUPS (UPS) is down $3.00 to $99.66 in the premarket after cutting FY14 adjusted EPS view to [...]

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Floor Trading History 101: Hand Signals

With the millions of investors and traders across the country involved in the stock, options, and commodities markets, very few have actually seen these products traded in person. Someone who has never taken a tour of any one of these trading floors is missing out on an art that takes years to perfect yet only [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update 7.28.14

Volatility as an asset class Trulia (TRLA) is recently up $6.75 to $63.12 on Zillow (Z) acquiring for $70.53 per share. August call option implied volatility is at 57, September is at 55, December is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 56. Zillow August call option implied volatility is at 55, September is [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.25.14

Volatility as an asset class Baidu (BIDU) is recently up $18.26 to $222.46 after reporting better than expected Q2 results and mobile revenue reached 30% of overall revenue. August and September call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 42. Xerox (XRX) is recently up 35c [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.24.14

Volatility as an asset class Ford (F) is recently up 19c to $17.97 on Q2 profit increasing 6% to $1.3B.  July weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, August is at 18, September and October is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 23. Under Armour (UA) is recently up $9.53 to $70.16 on Q2 net [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 7.24.14

Ford up $0.30, GM drops $0.70 and CAT falls ~$3 as earnings keep rolling in this morning.  AMR Group declares first dividend in 34 years.  Weekly Claims fall again.  Overseas markets drift higher.  Volatility as an asset class: Qualcomm (QCOM) is down $3.83 to $77.76  in the premarket after the chip manufacturer reported a 42% [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.23.14

Volatility as an asset class Boeing (BA) is recently down $3.21 to $126.53 after raising 2014 EPS outlook, however renewed concerns on the KC-46 tanker program and a $425M charge on Pegasus jets. July weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, August is at 18, October is at 15; compared to its 26-week average [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 7.23.14

Boeing beat and tweaked guidance higher, Pepsi up $1.80 and also gives upbeat guidance. Overseas markets higher, metals off. 10-year stuck in a tight range near 2.46%.  Chicago Bears report to training camp today.  I’m not sure summer has arrived in Chicago yet.  Weather perfect for sweet corn this year.  Volatility as an asset class: [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 6.22.14

Volatility as an asset class Coca-Cola (KO) is recently down $1.26 to $41.13 on the beverage company sees structural items hurting second half EPS by 2c. July weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, August is at 10, September and January is at 11; compared to its 26-week average of 15. Harley-Davidson (HOG) is [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 6.21.14

Volatility as an asset class Kandi Technologies (KNDI) is recently up $1.93 to $21.57 after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country, though domestically-made ones would. August call option implied volatility is at 90, September is at 74, December is [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 7.18.14

Volatility as an asset class General Electric (GE) is recently down 25c to $26.36 after reporting a 13% increased Q2 profit. August and September call option implied volatility is 13, December is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 17. Honeywell (HON) is recently up $1.90 to $97.06 on Q2 earnings rose 7.6%. August [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE morning Update 7.18.14

Big option day yesterday with CBOE doing ~ 7mm of 24 mm options traded. VIX traded 1.149 mm contracts and SPX with 1.141 mm.  383k VIX Futures traded.  10k VIX Futures traded in the first hour of the evening session last night. Futures pretty flat going into the opening.  European stocks lower. GE with a [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s 7.17.14

Tomorrow is a traditional options expiration. Next week, it’s just the Weeklys, which is what I am focused on today. Popular stocks with weekly options turn in their earnings next week. Next week starts strong with earnings from Netflix ($444). Right after the bell this morning, 10,000 contracts traded with a few call buyers at [...]