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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 4.1.15

ADP March Employment disappointed big-time, showing a gain of 189K new jobs.  Lowest read in over a year, less than the ~225K expected.  Yields getting crushed pre-market.  PMI and ISM due in first half-hour of trading.  European shares mixed to higher.  VIX Futures active in early session with ~18K trading hands.  Free webinar after the […]

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Blogging Options CBOE Morning Update 3.30.15

Average option volume day on Friday  with 13.3mm contracts trading.  SPX had 890K trade, VIX had volume of 350K and VIX Futures came in with 120K trading.  Traders watching Iran negotiations, European shares higher.  March Spending up 0.1%, Personal Income higher by 0.4% (Spending a slight miss, Income a beat).   MSG to split into […]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/27/2015

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. CBOE Product Innovation Earlier in the month, CBOE held its annual Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, California, where more than 300 industry professionals gathered to discuss all […]

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VIX Options Open Interest Spikes

(Editors Note: Fred Ruffy from Trade Alert, LLC contributed to this article with Henry Schwartz) VIX April 20 calls were the most active option contract market-wide on Thursday with well over 150K contracts trading, including a block of 83,100 for 60 cents at midday when the market was 50 to 65 cents. VIX crowd confirms […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.25.15

Volatility as an asset class Kraft (KRFT) is recently up $23.66 to $84.97 on privately held H.J. Heinz Company announcing the purchase of Kraft. Heinz shareholders will own a 51% stake in a combined company, while Kraft shareholders will hold a 49% stake and receive a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share. April option […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning update 3.25.15

Chicago (Northfield) based Kraft joins Warren Buffett’s conglomerate, see below.  “Synergies” = possible layoffs, we’ll see.  February Durables drop 1.4%, +0.2% expected.  Most of the components looked awful.  January Durable Goods revised sharply lower. Relationship to positive Housing Starts yesterday and revised Q1 GDP will be discussed on trading desks today.  10-year 1.86%.  Volatility as […]

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Sentiment Tools: Taking the Temperature of the Market With the VIX, Part 1

Random movements in the stock market are very tough to explain but if we can understand the role of sentiment, these moves make sense.  Remember, stocks move along the spectrum of fear and greed, a chart being an excellent portrayal of these emotions.  We can point to several sentiment-related indicators to get a pulse of […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 3.24.15

Volatility as an asset class Twitter (TWTR) is recently up $2.40 to $50.87 after shares traded at a new recent high of $51.09. March weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, April is at 38, May is at 51, June is at 42, September is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53. Netflix […]

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Earnings This Week – 3/23 – 3/27

A more appropriate title for this blog would be “Earnings Later This Week” as there are only four stocks with short dated options reporting earnings this week and they all report either Thursday or Friday.    The list below depicts three years of earnings history with the biggest move higher, lower, average move, and what the stock […]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 3/20/2015

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. Gail Osten: A Life and Legacy It is with deepest regret that we share the passing of our friend and colleague, Gail Osten.  Gail was Director of […]