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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.18.14

Weekly Housing numbers bullish, but Housing Starts fell ~14%.  European shares higher, election results from Scotland before today’s US close?  Philly FED ay 9am CDT.  Triple Witch this afternoon and tomorrow.  BABA prices after the close today.  Volatility as an asset class Yahoo (YHOO) is up $0.46 to $43.05 in the premarket into the IPO [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.16.14

Producer Prices were flat in August, as expected.  Markets up fractionally in first half-hour of trading.  YHOO off $0.45 as most aware they own ~22% of BABA shares.   Volatility as an asset class: Currency option implied volatility increases into Scotland voting for independence CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB) overall option implied volatility of 12 [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.15.14

Volatility as an asset class Yahoo (YHOO) is recently up 11c to $42.99 into the Alibaba (BABA) offering.  September call option implied volatility is at 56, October weekly is at 55, October is at 50,  November is at 44, January is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 34. VIX methodology for IBM (VXIBM) [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.15.14

Empire State bounced back as expected, following a sharp drop in the previous month.  Industrial Production fell 0.1% in August (+0.3% expected). Oil down, Gold a little higher; 10-year dips below 2.59%.  Triple Witch, Scottish vote and Alibaba (BABA) should be on the watch list this week.  How ’bout those (Chicago) Bears!  Volatility as an [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.11.14

Volatility as an asset class Restoration Hardware (RH) is recently down $3.67 to $78.42 after the high end home retailer reported less than expected Q2 revenue. September call option implied volatility is at 39, October is at 34, November is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 48. Five Below (FIVE) is recently down [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.11.14

Weekly Claims rose to 315 K, second week in a row above 300 K, highest number in three months and above same number last year. Prety good option day yesterday, as ~17 mm contracts trade. 650K SPX, 560K VIX contracts and 154 K VIX futures trade hands.  Presidents’ speech didn’t impress some traders, Chinese economic [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.10.14

Volatility as an asset class Bank of America (BAC) is recently up 8c to $16.22 on seeing reducing branches to 5,000 by end of year. September and October call option implied volatility is at 19, December is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23. eBay (EBAY) is recently down $1.62 to $51.11 in [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.9.14

Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) is recently up $1.22 to $99.64 into its much-anticipated product launch event. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, September is at 35, October is at 31, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25. VIX methodology for Apple [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.9.14

Overseas markets seeing contagion fears on Scottish independence vote.  Spanish bonds higher, SPX off 7 points, VIX up 0.30 in first 20 minutes.  MCD with huge drop in same-store-sales in Asia off $0.50. Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) up $1 in first half hour of trade to $99.36 into today’s press event. September [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.8.14

Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) is recently down 28c to $98.72 into a company sponsored September 9 press event.  September weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, September is at 35, October is at 31, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25. VIX methodology [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.8.14

Polling in Scotland showed the independence supporters leading for the first time, a week before the election.  Profit taking, unrest in Ukraine, confusing export numbers out of China and UK uncertainty have sent bulls to the corral.  CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe getting nice comments, a recap will be published in this space soon.  Volatility [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.5.14

Volatility as an asset class TASER (TASR) is recently up 62c to $18.17 after New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton yesterday announced that the department would begin testing two types of body cameras that will allow police officers to record audio and video during their interactions with the public. The two devices that [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.4.14

Volatility as an asset class SolarCity (SCTY) is recently up $4 to $71.12 after announcing plans to open 20 new operations centers in seven states. September 12 weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, September is at 45, October is at 46, January is at 49; compared to its 26-week average of 60. BP [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.4.14

ECB cut rates again, 0.15% to 0.05% and the Deposit Rate went from -0.10% to 0.20%.  Cookie jar and mattress sales expected to rise.  US Dollar moved higher against Euro.  ADP private payroll for August showed a gain of 204K jobs, below consensus and the lowest number in six months.  Day 2 of CBOERMC in [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.3.14

Volatility as an asset class Market-Vector Russia ETF Trust (RSX) is recently up $1.24 to $24.83 on hopes for a Ukraine conflict resolution. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, September is at 27, November is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25. Mobileye (MBLY) is recently up $4.39 to $47.41 [...]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 8.14.14

Weekly Jobless Claims spiked higher to 311k, putting a damper on stock futures.  10-year with a 2.3 handle, 2.395%.  Mr. Putin talking about the area needs calm sounds good to traders and investors. August Option Expiration tomorrow.  Good luck to Chicago’s  Jackie Robinson West in Little League World Series, starting tonight.  Volatility as an asset [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [...]