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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.29.15

US Stock Futures rallying after a few tough previous sessions.  Weekly Claims dropped sharply to 265K.  Overseas equities lower with FTSE sliding 0.8%.   MCD announces new CEO.  QCOM beats but guides lower.  Jeff Gundlach and Bill Gross with bearish comments.  17.6 mm option contracts yesterday. Volatility as an asset class: Alibaba (BABA) is down $5.45 […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 1.28.15

Stocks soften on Hawkish FED & Yellen remarks. Crude trades at 6-year low, with WTI under $44.50.  10-year drops 9 basis points to 1.73.  Options volume pretty average. Boeing (BA) is up $7.95 to $140.55 on better than expected Q4 results and light guidance. February, March and April call option implied volatility is at 17; […]

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Day One Agenda: CBOE Risk Management Conference, March 4th

CBOE’s 31st Annual Risk Management Conference (RMC) will be held March 4 – 6, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California.  RMC is the premiere financial industry conference designed for institutional users of equity derivatives and volatility products.  If you’re a financial professional interested in learning the latest risk management techniques and how […]

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Overcoming The Earnings Dilemma

As a market maker on the CBOE, I always had a simple plan when it came to trading stocks around their earnings announcement: Don’t do it. I, like most professional traders, didn’t like trading options on stocks with earnings coming out because that was the day of the quarter that typically had the most risk. […]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/23/2015

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. Building on the Momentum By any measure, 2014 was a successful year for CBOE, as the exchange experienced record trading volume, expanded its product line, broadened access […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.23.15

US Stocks and overseas markets flat to higher as investors weigh effect of European QE.  Euro approaches 112.  Death of King Abdullah puts little volatility in Oil markets as country will keep same policies.  GE flat after earnings.  F to take $800m currency charge.  New Home Sales and Leading Indicators later this morning.  Volatility as […]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 1.22.15

Traders are jumping into weekly options to trade upcoming earnings. I’m Angela Miles covering weekly options expiring this Friday and next Friday. Starbucks (SBUX) turns in earnings after the close. The straddle at the 81 strike is pricing in about a 3% move up or down. Last year, the market suggested a 5% move off […]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/16/2015

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 is a Products Company” Building off of a successful 2014, CBOE looks to continue expanding its volatility and index product lines in the coming year.  CBOE […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.16.15

December CPI off 0.4% (consensus -0.3%.  Energy contributed -4% to this drop).  X-Food & Energy rose 1.6% (+1.75 expected).   Industrial production fell 0.1% in December.  Markets still weighing Swiss bank move with US futures lower.  A trader tells us that Implied Volatility on the Swiss Franc going into yesterday’s session was under 2%!  The perils […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.15.15

Swiss National Bank unattached from the Euro and European stock & Currency markets are wild this morning.  Unclear what the impact on US markets will be, talking heads on business channels may be talking their position – the more outraged they are the shorter the Swiss they may be.  Weekly claims made a surprising jump […]

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New Study – Funds That Use Options (Part 3 on Related Benchmarks & SPX Options)

A groundbreaking new study — “Highlights of Performance Analysis of Options-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs, and ETFs” authored by Keith Black and Edward Szado — analyzed SEC-regulated investment companies that focus on use of exchange-listed options for portfolio management (options-based funds). This is my Part 3 Blog on the study. The first part of the […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.12.15

US stocks higher, oil lower by 3%  in early trade, a repeat of what we’ve seen for the last several weeks.  Alcoa starts off the quarterly earnings reports after the close, Jolts report tomorrow could be an interesting read. If you’re not a believer in Social Media, over 750 K tweets in 15 minutes after […]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/9/2015

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. 2014: A Banner Year   Options trading in 2014 reached a new all-new high as industry volume rose 4% in 2014 from 2013. “Bull Market Hedging Was […]

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Weekly Weekly’s Option Report 1.8.15

Oil, earnings and stocks with hot options action are all coming your way.  I’m Angela Miles covering Weeklys set to expire tomorrow. Next Friday is a traditional options expiration. Let’s get rolling with oil. Oil futures are trading below $50 per barrel this week. In weekly options for BP there are traders taking at-the-money positions […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.8.15

Comments by (voting) FED member Charlie Evans overnight about delaying rate increases has shares sharply higher.  Weekly Jobless claims dropped slightly but missed expectations.  Health Care sector up, Biogen preliminary trials have stock in wide range pre opening, looks lower.   10-year at 2%.  -6 on way to train this morning.  Volatility as an asset class […]

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Next Week in Weeklys – 1/12 – 1/16

Alcoa reports Monday (1/12) after the close. Despite AA having been removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average many market observers consider AA’s report to be the beginning of earnings season. Personally I think things get going when all the big financials report which begins Wednesday with JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC). The […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 1.7.15

ADP Employment beat this morning (added 241K jobs, 230K expected) and stocks reacted well.  Five-Day losing streak looks like it should end today.  Overseas markets moving higher.   Oil erased early losses and have moved to the upside,  WTI up 1%.   Gold off, FED minutes later today.  Option volume yesterday was very good, with CBOE & […]

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A Final Look at VIX in 2014

In 2014 VIX managed to reach the highest levels seen in over two years.  This happened despite a fairly bullish year for the S&P 500 with the index achieving a record high more than fifty times.  also, as seen below most of the VIX action occurred in the 3rd quarter after a fairly quiet summer.

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 1/2/2015

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. New Year, New Options? It’s January, the time when investors eagerly search for clues to help forecast the markets (and volatility!) for the new year.  So, what’s […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-Day Update 12.30.14

Utilities off ~1.6%, surprising with yields falling this morning.  Stocks soft on light volume, Crude pretty quiet with fractional losses. Volatility as an asset class Select Sector SPDR ETF’s are trading near record highs with mixed option implied volatility Consumer Discretionary Sector SPDR (XLY) overall option implied volatility of 13 compares to its 26-week average […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Mid-day Update 12.29.14

Volatility as an asset class VIX methodology for Goldman Sachs (VXGS) up 3.3% to 24.66, compared to its 50-day moving average of 22.07. cboe.com/VXGS VIX methodology for Apple (VXAPL) up 3.3% to 29.83 compared to its 50-day moving average of 25.68. cboe.com/VXAPL VIX methodology for Amazon (VXAZN) up 3.7% to at 37.12, compared to its 50-day moving average of 32.83. cboe.com/VXAZN […]

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Christmas Holiday Trading Hours for CBOE, C2 & CFE

This Thursday is Christmas Day, an exchange holiday.  There will be no trading at CBOE, C2 and the CFE. Wednesday December 24th is a shortened trading schedule.  On CBOE and C2, options on stocks (equities), Indexes and ETF’s that normally cease trading at 3:00pm Central time will close at 12:00pm noon.  ETF’s and Indexes that […]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 12.22.14

Volatility as an asset class Gilead (GILD) option implied volatility has increased after Express Scripts (ESRX) will offer AbbVie’s (ABBV) just approved hepatitis C regimen Viekira Pak. Gilead is recently down $15.95 to $92.84.  December weekly put option implied volatility is at 55, January is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 34. Express […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 12.22.14

Overseas shares higher, US Dollar up against Euro.  GILD off sharply ($12) as AbbVie gets exclusive on a drug.  Lighter volume on Christmas holiday week begins.  Volatility as an asset class The ‘Majors’ option implied volatilities has spiked as WTI Crude Oil futures trades $57 Exxon Mobil (XOM) overall option implied volatility of 18 compares […]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 12/19/2014

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. CBOE’s Index Options Go Global As announced last week, CBOE has entered into a licensing agreement with MSCI to offer options trading on multiple MSCI Indexes, including […]

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Next Week in Weeklys – 12/22/2014

I almost made the title of this blog, This Week in Weekly since there is only one stock with short dated options available for trading that reports earnings during the holiday shortened week next week.  Walgreens (WAG) will report before the market opens on Wednesday.  Over the past three years the biggest gain off earnings […]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 12.16.14

Busy day yesterday as 19.8 million option contracts trade, with CBOE & C2 accounting for 7.2m.  SPX with 1.28m & VIX with 849K.  VIX Futures showed 417K contracts changing hands.  SPY active with 3.7m contracts trading.  VIX traded up to ~24 intra-day yesterday.  After the close Russia raised rates from 10.5% to 17%, 6th raise […]