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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 [...]

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“The Game”: An Intern Showdown

We’ve been hearing about it for months. Jim Bittman and Russell Rhoads call it “The Game” against Spot Trading (A proprietary trading firm located seven floors below CBOE’s Regulation Department at 440 S. LaSalle). Jim and Russell got a good amount of entertainment by not explaining how to play the game, regardless of the amount [...]

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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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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 [...]