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MBLY could be TWTR redux

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NFP sucked.  The numbers were not great, but surprise, surprise the SPX ended the day up near another record.  The law, in case traders have not been paying attention, is that low interest rates have been good for stocks.  The ECB is lowering rates so that must be good for US stocks.  Ok, anything that happens is good for equities.  The bears might be right eventually if there is anything left of their PA’s when we finally crash.

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Beware despots sending in aid

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It is funny I thought the Russians sending in aid a couple of weeks ago was a bit of a smoke screen.  Somehow the Ukrainian rebels got a new leg up.  The situation for them has gotten better since the white “humanitarian aid” trucks went in.  Fast forward to today.

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Is there a second take in TTWO?

Stocks are going to make a closing high today or near it as I write this post and I can’t help but think we would be way higher if Vladimir Putin could make up his mind what he wants to do in the Ukraine.  We know what he wants to do, take a bunch of territory, but the Europeans are still threatening sanctions.  That is keeping the VIX into another elevated close and vol. futures bid.

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Will the low realized volatility stay with us forever?

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Note that when realized volatility dips below 5% on a short term basis it usually does not stay there for too long.  I have 10 day RV down around 5.41%.  Right now the first 3 Weekly terms in the SPX are all below 9%.

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Volatility on a knife edge

Close but not quite there yet.  SPY traded 199.75 today as the 200 level hangs like the Sword of Damocles over the market.  Everything is feeling good and long equity positions are kicking butt.  In short living the good life like Damocles envisioned.  However, the sword is poised to drop if Janet Yellen cuts the horse hair on rates and down the market drops.  There is some weird tension on that tenuous horse hair of volatility.

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VIX term structure is getting cheap

Another day another rally in the good old USA as America Inc. keeps delivering the goods.  More solid earnings and home start data got us off to another good start today.  Market players are waiting on Yellen to report some lower to stabile rate news, which could  send stocks even higher.  I see that 200 number on the SPY and can’t help but think that is the next round number to cross the line.


charts from : http://www.vixcentral.com/

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LNKD volatility is cheap

Yet another rally on no bad news as stocks love the lack of action overseas.  That was kind of a mouthful.  There is no doubt that the gravity is pulling stocks up overall.  The rally to all-time highs in the face of overseas unrest is just another reason to believe in the rally.  Another reason to believe is the lack of a bid in IV.  The VIX cannot hold a bid for anything even as a near panic hit volatility of Friday morning.  By the end of today it was all forgotten.

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Candy Crush Saga got well… crushed but is it a sweet trade?

Stocks are shaking off just about everything at this point such as Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Syria and of course that paradise on the Med, the Gaza Strip.  Slow growth in Europe, who cares.  WMT swamped in health care costs, take it up.  Volatility, well just sell the crap out of it.  VIX is now deep into the 12 handle and we might sniff 11% tomorrow.

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Is Russian aid a Trojan horse?

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We all know the story.  Troy is finally sacked by the gift of an enemy-impregnated horse the size of a house.  Browsing through the WSJ online I see an an Orthodox Priest blessing a fleet of aid trucks.  I half think there might be some Spetsnaz Commandos lying in wait in those bad boys.  With the gimpy stock market today I am not the only one.  I am all for Putin giving aid to the hungry but it is still tough to believe.

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Rattling the Sabers

I started trading options as a floor trader in 1991 right about the same time as Gulf War 1.  The runup to the war was characterized by gloom, volatility and really weak stock prices.  I think the Dow was 2300 or so.  Not much has changed in the 24 years since then through several other political crises and GW2.  The one constant has been after the USA goes in and starts shooting, stocks rally and the VIX cracks.  Until today that is, or maybe.

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