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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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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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Floor Trading History 101: Hand Signals

With the millions of investors and traders across the country involved in the stock, options, and commodities markets, very few have actually seen these products traded in person. Someone who has never taken a tour of any one of these trading floors is missing out on an art that takes years to perfect yet only [...]