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CBOE Mid-Day Update 10.1.14

Volatility as an asset class General Motors (GM) is recently up 84c to $32.78 after reaffirming near-term financial targets and reporting September U.S. sales up 19.4% to 223,437 vehicles. General Motors weekly volatility elevated into CEO unveiling financial strategy. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, October is at 26, November is at [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.29.14

Volatility as an asset class Alibaba (BABA) is recently down $1.44 to $89.03. October 90, 95 and 100 calls are active at the CBOE on the first day of options trading. October call option implied volatility is at 38, November is at 39, December is at 38, January is at 37. GoPro (GPRO) is recently [...]

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BABA, It’s Option Time – Monday

CBOE has received permission from the OCC  to list Alibaba Group Holding (BABA, ~ $89) options next Monday, Sep. 29th .  Here’s  what you need to know: Strikes:               75 – 100 Increments:         5-point Cycle:                  January LEAPS:                  Yes Penny Pricing:    No Weekly’s:            Yes American Style options like all other stocks, trading hours will also be standard – 8:30am [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 9.25.14

It’s big week for weekly options!  I’m Angela Miles covering weekly options expiring this Friday and next Friday. Apple shares are trading around a 3 point range this week. Options contracts are trading briskly. Apple confirms pulling its IOS 8 software update, which is causing some iPhone users to lose their cell service. There are also customer complaints [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.25.14

Volatility as an asset class CBOE Volatility Index NASDAQ 100 (VXN) recently up 16.8% to 17.81; compared to its 10-day moving average of 15.19, 50-day moving average of 14.28.  NASDAQ 100 down 1.8%. CBOE DJIA Volatility Index (VXD) is recently up 17.4% to 14.10; compared to 10-day moving average of 12.35, 50-day moving average of [...]

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CBOE Mid-Date 9.24.14

Volatility as an asset class Accenture (ACN) is recently down 66c to $78.93 on Q4 profit rising 4.5%. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 22, October weekly is at 16, November is at 13, January is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 20. KB Homes (KBH) is recently down $1.10 to [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.24.14

US pre-market flat this morning.  Asian stocks mixed to lower, European shares higher.  August Housing Sales out shortly.  BABA gains ~$1 in pre-market.  Several FED Heads giving talks today, first two said somewhat contrary statements but by mid-day we’ll get that sorted out.  Volume on CBOE good yesterday.  Volatility as an asset class: Bed Bath [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Volatility 9.23.14

Volatility as an asset class Carmax (KMX) is recently down $4.97 to $47.84 after posting sluggish Q2 used unit sales in comparable stores. October call option implied volatility is at 24, January is at 23, April is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 27. Salix (SLXP) is recently up $8.62 to $168.45 after [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.22.14

Volatility as an asset class S&P 100 Options (OEX) recently is recently down 6.17 to 890.94 on weak U.S. existing home sales in August and China finance minister indicating the country will not increase stimulus measures. CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) up 14.8% to 13.90. Oct 20 and November 15 calls active on 129K cboe.com/VIX iPath S&P [...]

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The Weekly Options News Roundup – 9/19/2014

Your weekly recap of CBOE features, options industry news and VIX and volatility-related articles from print, broadcast and online and social media outlets. Applause, Applause Global Capital magazine held its annual Global Derivatives Awards ceremony in London Thursday evening, handing out several financial industry awards.  CBOE is honored to be named “Equities Exchange of the [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.19.14

Volatility as an asset class Yahoo (YHOO) is recently down 95c to $41.18 on Alibaba (BABA) going public in a 320.1M share IPO priced at $68.  BABA is recently trading at $92.64.  September weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, October weekly is at 53, October is at 46,  November is at 40, January [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.19.14

Alibaba.  No for Scotland. Triple Witch.  AAPL phone.  Stocks open higher on Scottish vote and follow through to yesterday’s rally. Lots of investors shut out on BABA IPO.  Options on BABA 9/29.  Volatility as an asset class: Yahoo (YHOO) saw profit takers  move the shares to unchanged after being up $0.60 in the pre-market, as [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 9.18.14

Where does the trade go from here?  I’m Angela Miles, and that is what I am covering today. Option’s plays in hot stocks going into next week’s options expiration. Let’s get it started with the grand-daddy of them all: Apple. Apple’s iPhone 6 hits store shelves tomorrow. Implied volatility has remained tame with many traders [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.18.14

Volatility as an asset class Yahoo (YHOO) is recently down 54c to $42.05 into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA).  September call option implied volatility is at 98, September weekly is at 77, October weekly is at 63, October is at 50,  November is at 46, January is at 37; compared to its 26-week average [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.15.14

Volatility as an asset class Yahoo (YHOO) is recently up 11c to $42.99 into the Alibaba (BABA) offering.  September call option implied volatility is at 56, October weekly is at 55, October is at 50,  November is at 44, January is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 34. VIX methodology for IBM (VXIBM) [...]

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Alibaba – Premiering Soon at CBOE

We don’t have to wait “One Thousand and One Nights” for the Alibaba IPO.  We have seen several reports about Alibaba (BABA is the expected stock symbol) being priced on Thursday September 18th and shares trading Friday, September 19th.  When all is finalized we will be back to confirm everything, but this is a good [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.11.14

Volatility as an asset class Restoration Hardware (RH) is recently down $3.67 to $78.42 after the high end home retailer reported less than expected Q2 revenue. September call option implied volatility is at 39, October is at 34, November is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 48. Five Below (FIVE) is recently down [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.10.14

Volatility as an asset class Bank of America (BAC) is recently up 8c to $16.22 on seeing reducing branches to 5,000 by end of year. September and October call option implied volatility is at 19, December is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23. eBay (EBAY) is recently down $1.62 to $51.11 in [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.9.14

Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) is recently up $1.22 to $99.64 into its much-anticipated product launch event. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, September is at 35, October is at 31, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25. VIX methodology for Apple [...]

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Blogging Options: CBOE Morning Update 9.9.14

Overseas markets seeing contagion fears on Scottish independence vote.  Spanish bonds higher, SPX off 7 points, VIX up 0.30 in first 20 minutes.  MCD with huge drop in same-store-sales in Asia off $0.50. Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) up $1 in first half hour of trade to $99.36 into today’s press event. September [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.8.14

Volatility as an asset class Apple (AAPL) is recently down 28c to $98.72 into a company sponsored September 9 press event.  September weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, September is at 35, October is at 31, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25. VIX methodology [...]

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Presentation on VXTYN Futures & Interest Rate Volatility Delivered by Yoshiki Obayashi

Earlier today in Dublin, Ireland. Yoshiki Obayashi, Founder and Managing Director, Applied Academics, delivered a presentation at the CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe in Ireland on the subject of the CBOE/CBOT 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index (VXTYN) and interest rate volatility. The VXTYN Index measures the expected volatility of the price of 10-year Treasury [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.5.14

Volatility as an asset class TASER (TASR) is recently up 62c to $18.17 after New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton yesterday announced that the department would begin testing two types of body cameras that will allow police officers to record audio and video during their interactions with the public. The two devices that [...]

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Weekly Weekly’s for 9.4.14

Apple leads the way in my report on Weekly’s. The highly anticipated new product launch is next Tuesday. Today, I’m covering weeklys set to expire this Friday and next Friday, September 12th. It’s been a wild week for Apple (AAPL) traders. The stock is now trading below $100. Some people say it’s profit taking ahead [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.4.14

Volatility as an asset class SolarCity (SCTY) is recently up $4 to $71.12 after announcing plans to open 20 new operations centers in seven states. September 12 weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, September is at 45, October is at 46, January is at 49; compared to its 26-week average of 60. BP [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.3.14

Volatility as an asset class Market-Vector Russia ETF Trust (RSX) is recently up $1.24 to $24.83 on hopes for a Ukraine conflict resolution. September weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, September is at 27, November is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25. Mobileye (MBLY) is recently up $4.39 to $47.41 [...]

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RMC Kicks off with Primer on Options and Volatility Strategies

The first session kicking off the 2014 CBOE Risk Management Conference Europe was led by Paul Stephens from CBOE and Colin Bennett Head of Quantitative and Derivative Strategy at Banco Santander Central Hispano.   Bennett is also the author of Trading Volatility which may be found at www.trading-volatility.com. This session was a great primer for the information [...]

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CBOE Mid-Day Update 9.2.14

Volatility as an asset class Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) is recently up $3.88 to $37.19 after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3B. September call option implied volatility is at 28, October and December is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 27. Under Armour (UA) is recently up $2.02 to $70.39 [...]

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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 [...]