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CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.17.15

Volatility as an asset class General Electric (GE) is recently up 9c to $27.37 after reporting Q1 operating EPS 31c, consensus 30c. April weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, May is at 16, June is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 18. Honeywell (HON) is recently down $2.48 to $101.51 after […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.17.15

Expiration Friday.  March CPI up 0.2%, Core Rate also up 0.2%, mostly in line.  Several factors pushing US Futures lower this morning.  Problems with Greece and EU persist (European shares off 1.3%), China adjusting margins and allowed short selling in the majority of stocks and as some traders are aware, there have been problems with […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.16.15

Volatility as an asset class Philip Morris (PM)) is recently up $5.91 to $84.05 on better than expected Q1 results and outlook. April call option implied volatility is at 23, May is at 84, June is at 13, September is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 17. Blackstone (BX) is recently up 81c […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.16.15

Financial stocks doing well this morning on very good earnings, but markets watching European markets for direction.  DAX off ~1.6%, Oil nearing a 2% drop.  Housing Starts in March with a big miss, Weekly Claims rise. Blackhawks with double-overtime, come-from-behind win (game ended 11:25pm last night) has traders looking a little groggy this morning. VIX […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.15.15

Volatility as an asset class Bank of America (BAC) is recently down 19c to $15.64 after reporting Q1 EPS with items 27c, compared to consensus 29c.  April call option implied volatility is at 26, May and June is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 24. PNC Financial (PNC) is recently down 96c to […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.14.15

Q1 earnings started hitting the tape before the open.  JPM up ~$1 on a beat, WFC also reports but earnings didn’t hit whisper number.  March Retail Sales up 0.9%, but below 1.1% consensus (X-Auto up 0.4%, +0.7% anticipated).  10-year drops to 1.88%, Crude up ~1%. Last day to trade April VIX, settles tomorrow AM.  Volatility […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.13.15

Volatility as an asset class JP Morgan (JPM) is recently up 43c to $62.13 into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.  April call option implied volatility is at 29, May is at 18, June and September is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20. Wells Fargo (WFC) is recently up […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.13.15

US futures and overseas markets drifting lower after several days of gains.  Chinese exports drop sharply, concerning to those worried about world economies slowing.  Oil higher, Gold lower, 10-year up fractionally.  Economic news later in the week, Q1 earnings ramp up as well. Exciting Masters championship over the weekend.  Volatility as an asset class: Qualcomm […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.10.15

Chicago traders had winds in excess of 90 mph visit the area last night. Apple watch release today viewed with great interest, still unsure of customer acceptance and full capabilities.  GE selling GE Capital, using ~$50B proceeds to acquire stock.  One of the largest buy-backs ever, and will help the DJIA this morning.  USD up, […]

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Blogging Options: Mid-Day Update 4.9.15

US stocks holding on to fractional gains on light Easter week trading.  With 90-minutes left in the trading day, Options had only traded ~10 million contracts.  SPX showed 540 K and RUT with 52 K contracts changing hands.  Not much going on, traders watching Oil and also to see if DJ Transports hold key levels. […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.8.15

Stocks look modestly higher pre-market.  Royal Dutch $69.6B merger (see below) talk of trading desks.  AA kicks off Q1 earnings after the close, street looking for $0.26 (Implied volatility says 4.75% range expected).  Fairly slow action in the options world yesterday as ~12.7 million contracts change hands.  SPX with 675K, VIX with ~335K, RUT 48K.  […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.7.15

Volatility as an asset class JPMorgan (JPM) is recently up 63c to $61.10 after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein. April call option implied volatility is at 23, May is at 18, June is at 17, September is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 20. Carnival (CCL) is recently up […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 4.6.15

Volatility as an asset class Gang of four overall option implied volatility: Amazon.com (AMZN) overall option implied volatility of 32 is compares to its 26-week average of 28. Apple (AAPL) overall option implied volatility of 28 is compares to its 26-week average of 27. Google (GOOG overall option implied volatility of 24 is compares to […]