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YHOO is getting taken over, really?

 

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I am going to skip the double whammy of the VIX up, SPX up today.  Chalk that up to airplanes falling out of the sky and freaking folks out, which it should.  All those overseas tragedies add up when it comes to volatility.  I for one would like to see them end soon.

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Where the vol is

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This day kind of reminds me of the anticipation before walking on a trading floor some mornings.  Something is going to happen but you just don’t know what.  The first instinct is to raise the bid in the options a little bit and do some price discovery.  The corporate earnings news and economic data has been pretty good lately so the heeby geebies are not from there.

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Volatility Tension

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With 4 ½ weeks to go in the VIX Aug cycle, there is not a lot of enthusiasm for the August VIX future.   Is it cash too high or futures too low or just a combination of them both?  There was an average mark up in VIX due to the weekend but not much more than that.  Stocks sold off but really did not have a lot of gas to keep going down.

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What is up with WAG?

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Step into the Wednesday time machine and not much happened between then and today.  Traders have been so lulled into a stupor with the lack of movement that they bid volatility up to 15% yesterday when it looked like there was another crisis brewing.  As of today no crisis, as holders of GOOG and other earnings reporters rejoice in the upside surprises.

 

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INTC is partying like it is 1999

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More Yellen testimony hurt the RUT and VIX today as both those indexes made some pretty good size drops.  With a lot of old tech like MSFT and especially INTC, starting to trade at multiples out of the single digits what is volatility to do.  A client wrote me today and asked if  CSCO is next?  All of a sudden establish companies are doing something not many thought possible a year ago and that is deliver some growth.

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Is the FB vega too cheap?

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After a weekend of non-activity stocks got back to their old ways and launched this morning without so much as a how do you do.  This latest Euro issue has been around since December apparently and Euro bank stocks were already trading at lower levels.  Either way VIX and the volatility futures are tanking today and the only thing holding up the IV is the balance of earnings.

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Why is the term structure so flat?

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So the day after Euro Zone disaster light and stocks found their footing by eking out a modest gain.  It was still not enough move much but the stock market has been remarkable resilient in shaking off minor irritations.  That brings me or our volatility view of the week.

Note the very flat term structure in the volatility curve for VIX.  The August future is a $1 over and Sep $1.65.  We have been used to 30 day futures of at least $2 in premium on average for the last several years so what gives?

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Portugal sneezes, market swoons

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There we go stock finally had a solid down day.  No wait, that was the opening.  By the end of the day stocks retraced half of what they lost and the NDX got to just up about midday before giving some back.  It has been a while since a European entity or issue has shaken stocks.  The last one that comes to mind was the banking crisis in Cyprus that made Bitcoin a household name.

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Are we running out of volatility to sell?

That is the question I am asking myself.  I show IV now in the 6 handle for OTM calls in the SPY.    This is on top of the SP 500 moving into record territory again.  We are moving into the realm where the upside is so cheap no one wants to sell it anymore.  Fund managers looking for extra yield are going to start selling calls in stocks if they cannot get the dollars they want in indexes.

Upside IV is in the 6 handle!

 

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Is YHOO back?

Don’t forget equity option exchanges close at 1 pm et tomorrow.

At this stage of the game the NFP trade seems over.  VIX is closing sub-11 and the SPY managed to eke out another closing high on the solid ADP jobs numbers.  The moves we usually get in stocks and volatility after the NFP already happened.  Sure there might be a nasty surprise but VIX looks poised to print sub-10 for the first time in a long time.

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