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Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018
Stock Market Speed is Like Never Before

A major rally this week off the lows of a 10% stock market correction were in order this past week.  It certainly had many dizzy from the rollercoaster ride that we have all been on, something very different...

Cboe’s PUT Index Generated Lower Volatility, Less Severe Drawdowns, More Income and Better Risk-Adjusted Returns

The Cboe S&P 500 Putwrite Index (PUT) is designed to reflect a cash-secured put-writing strategy. The PUT strategy is designed to sell a sequence of one-month, at-the-money, S&P 500 (SPX) Index puts...

VIX Today - February 14, 2018

The S&P 500 finished the day higher for the fourth day in a row and VIX dipped below 20.00 for the first time since February.  The chart below shows that as the S&P 500 moved up over the day, VIX worked...

Weekend Review of VIX Options and Futures Feb 10 2018

For the past few months writing this weekend review has been a difficult task.  How many different ways can I say VIX is low and reflecting low realized volatility in the S&P 500?  The past couple of...

Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs Feb 10 2018

We experienced the biggest one week drop in two years last week for the S&P 500.  The result was the type of moves we haven’t seen in S&P 500 related volatility indexes since August 2015.  We got a...

Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Feb 10 2018

Stocks were under pressure last week, which was actually the second week of the biggest two week drop in broad based indexes since August 2011.  Small cap stocks did hold up a bit better than large cap...

Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Feb 3 2018

The Russell 2000 (RUT) lost 3.78% last week while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was down 3.82%.  I have a hard time recalling a big weekly drop in the stock market where small caps and large caps lost about...

Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs Feb 3 2018

Of the four volatility indexes on the term structure chart below two have been around the longest.  Of course VIX with the other being VIX3M (formerly known as VXV).  The relationship between the 1-month...

Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options Feb 3 2018

Last week VIX gained over 50% for the first time since August last year.  We all know most of this came Friday with the S&P 500 losing just over 2% on the day.  The obituaries being written about VIX...

Many Investors Request Steady Returns, and BXM Index Rises a Record 24 Months in a Row

Over the years I have spoken to many investors and advisors who have expressed a strong desire for consistent and steady returns in their investment portfolios. I am pleased to highlight the fact that...

Vol 411 Follow Up More on the VIX3M / VIX Ratio

Yesterday on Volatility 411 I spoke about the VIX3M / VIX ratio.  For old school volatility traders VIX3M is the relatively new ticker for VXV and this is a 3-month volatility index based on S&P 500 Index...

Will A Correction Be in Our Future? Of course it will, But...

Could a market correction be underway soon?  Perhaps, but I'm not going to predict when it will occur.  During the World Economic Forum in Davos I heard a normally cautious hedge fund manager Ray Dalio...

VIX Options and Futures Weekend Review for January 27 2018

VIX was lower last week, but that’s the only thing that lost value on the table / term structure chart below.  All the futures moved higher despite VIX moving lower, but also shaking off a very bullish...

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 27 2018

Three out of four volatility indexes that based their levels on SPX option trading were higher last week.  VIX was the lone loser with 9-day, 3-month, and 6-month volatility indexes all moving higher. ...

Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Review for January 27 2018

Large cap stocks turned on the afterburners Friday with the Russell 1000 (RUI) rallying over 2% last week while the Russell 2000 (RUT) was up only 0.65%.  2017 was a year of consistent large cap outperformance...

Mini-SPX Index (XSP) Wednesday-Expiring Weekly Options Are Launching on Jan. 30

A recent Cboe Notice stated that Cboe Exchange plans to list Wednesday-expiring weekly options on the Cboe Mini-SPX Index (XSP), beginning January 30, 2018. Cboe’s new XSP Wednesday-expiring Weeklys...

VIX Options and Futures Weekend Review for January 20 2018

Although still at a historically low level, VIX showed some signs of life this past week trading above 12.00 for the first time since December 1 st last year.  Standard January futures and options went...

Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Weekend Review for January 20 2018

Both large and small cap stocks had another good week last week with the Russell 1000 (RUI) gaining 0.85% while the Russell 2000 (RUT) was up by 0.36%.  For the year RUI is up almost 5% while RUT is up...

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 20 2018

All four volatility indexes based on S&P 500 Index option pricing moved higher last week.  I know all the talk was about the government shutdown being responsible for the rise.  However, if that were...

Vol 411 Follow Up Historical Look at SPX and VIX Moving Together

When I hosted Vol 411 this morning both the S&P 500 and VIX were higher on the day.  The SPX took a turn and finished the day lower so we didn't have a three day streak where both rose.  The results...

Barchart Morning Call

OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS Mar E-mini S&Ps ( ESH18 +0.43%) this morning are up +0.33% on reduced interest rate concerns as the 10-year T-note yield falls below 2.90%. Also, increased M&A activity gave equities a boost after General Mills... Read More

Chart of the Day

Natural Alternativ (NAII)

Natural Alternatives International (NAII) is the Barchart Chart of the Day.  The natural supplement company has a Trend Spotter buy signal, a Weighted Alpga of 34.20+ and gained 32.42% in the last year.
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Brugler Ag Report

Today's Commentary

Corn futures are currently ½ to 1 cent higher since posting UNCH to penny gains on Thursday. The weekly EIA report showed ethanol production picking up to 1.068 million barrels per day. That was 52,000 bpd larger than the previous week, as sto...
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Alan Brugler writes this daily agricultural markets overview with opening, midday and closing comments directed at the gain and meat Ag markets.

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