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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 8/29/2014

Your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Financial Leaders Unite Leaders in the financial industry from LaSalle Street to Wall Street have joined together answering the call of the Ice-Bucket Challenge, raising money for ALS Research. CBOE CEO Ed [...]

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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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Weekly Weekly’s for 8.28.14

As we inch closer to the long Labor Day Holiday weekend, I’m mostly focused on weekly’s with options expiration for this Friday. I have a feeling many traders will be using this strategy with the weeklys for a quick turnaround play before taking off for the weekend. It’s going to be very interesting to see [...]

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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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Expiration Friday – At Last

Expiration Friday. Since the beginning of time (OK, the last 40 years we’ve had listed options), options expired on the Saturday following the 3rd Friday of the month.  Why Saturday? Let’s take a walk to the way-back machine with Mr Peabody.   I was a floor trader at the CBOE and I am trading front-month options [...]

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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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Labor Day Holiday Trading Schedule

Labor Day is next Monday, this summer went fast.  The following is the trading schedule for Chicago Board Options Exchange® (CBOE®), C2 Options ExchangeSM (C2SM) and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM (CFE®) in observance of the upcoming Labor Day holiday: Friday:  Regular trading hours for everything. Monday:  CBOE & C2 Closed. CFE:   All products closed with the [...]

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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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Weekly Weekly’s for 8.21.14

Gap, GameStop and Salesforce.com all report earnings after the bell and traders are setting up now in weekly options. I’m Angela Miles covering Weeklys set to expire this Friday and next Friday. I’m falling into the Gap to start this report. Some traders are using call spread strategies as an earnings play on GPS. As [...]

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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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Free VIX Webcast Series – Aug 25 – 27

In just over one week The Options Institute at CBOE will be offering three free webcasts discussing different aspects of the CBOE Volatility Index or VIX. On Monday August 25th I’ll start out with the basics of volatility indexes and introducing exactly what VIX is measuring.  In addition we will look at how the index has historically behaved [...]

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CBOE Risk Management Conference – RMC Europe in Three Weeks

CBOE’s Risk Management Conference (RMC) Europe is quickly approaching.  As you know, it will be held at the Powerscourt Hotel, County Wicklow, Ireland (near Enniskerry – 20 minutes outside Dublin), from September 3 – 5, 2014.   That’s in three weeks!  We published the first two day’s agendas earlier this week, here is the Day Three [...]

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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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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 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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This Week in VIX – 8/8/2014

VIX was lower on the week by about 7%. However, from the close Monday to Friday VIX actually worked a bit higher and without Friday’s very impressive rally VIX may have finished the week higher. Looking at the chart below I find the highs on Thursday and Friday pretty interesting.   The highs surpassing last week’s close [...]

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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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Next Week in Weeklys – 8/8/2014

First off, I’m well aware next week is standard August option expiration week so every company that reports has short dated options available for trading. However, with Hannah heading back to college (USC’s gain and The Options Institute’s loss), gathering all that data would probably take a couple of days. Therefore the list of stocks [...]

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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 Launches New S&P 500 End-Of-Month Options

Following up on an earlier CBOE Blog, CBOE recently launched the new, and long anticipated, S&P 500® End-of-Month Options. The introduction of these options stemmed from requests by asset managers who wanted an SPX option expiration that more precisely coincided with their end-of-month fund cycles and performance periods. To date the launch has been very [...]

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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 [...]