John Voorheis

John Voorheis

John Voorheis is an independent trader and analyst, having most recently worked as Chief Strategy Officer at AlphaShark Trading where he was also a founding partner. Mr. Voorheis’ market focus is concentrated in equity option markets, with specific attention given to unusual options activity, tech sector companies, and ETF flow. He has also served as a special educational consultant to The Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). He previously worked with private ISVs, a fact to which he credits his interest in the sector. Voorheis is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holding degrees in Economics and Political Science. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing and is an avid audiophile. He can be reached by email at jlvoorheis2@gmail.com.

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RUT Play into the FOMC

With the FOMC meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, December 15, and the announcement of a possible rate hike on 2016 on Wednesday, we are seeing inflated volatility levels across equity markets. VIX (spot) is currently 21.65, whereas the Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) is 22.33. Next week is also expiry, further heightening volatility levels.  The […]






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Small-Cap Rally RUT Delayed Year-End Play

The recent market rally we have seen seen has been driven by big cap names such as AAPL, FB, GOOG, but this week it would appear small cap is catching up based on price action in the Russell 2000 small cap index (CBOE: RUT 11.77.32). Small cap stocks are traditionally a big favorite of mutual […]






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NFLX Earnings Trade Idea

Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX, $342, up $4.66] is scheduled to release its fourth quarter earnings report today following the close of the market session. Consensus analyst estimates are forecasting earnings per share of $0.45 on overall revenues of $1.48 billion. The same quarter one year prior (Q4 2013) saw EPS of $0.66 on $1.18 billion […]






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Back to the Future: Play Oil with USO ETF Options

Crude oil’s precipitous drop from it’s June highs has yet to show signs of abetting, with U.S. Oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) down over 3% again today following Monday’s downside move. Now trading below $50, oil has moved to a new five and half year low, a move estimated to save the average American […]