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Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018
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...

Russell 2000 Options and Volatility Weekend Review for January 13 2018

Small caps played a little catch up with large cap stocks last week with the Russell 2000 (RUT) gaining over 2% while the Russell 1000 (RUI) was up about 1.5%.  For the year RUI has a lead of just under...

Volatility Indexes and ETPs Weekend Review for January 13 2018

We got an interesting move in the VXST – VIX – VIX3M – VXMT curve last week.  The short end moved higher despite a nice bullish move out of stocks.  The volatility market has been a bit jumpy like...

VIX Weekend Review for January 13 2018

VIX gained and the futures curve dropped a bit last week. This is no totally out of the norm, but before a holiday weekend is something I cannot recall occurring in my years of watching VIX price action....

Record Volume for SPXW Weekly Options, Products That Facilitate Targeted Strategies

In 2017 the average daily volume for the S&P 500 ® Weekly options (SPXW) rose to a record 523,170 contracts (35% above the 2016 figure). The year 2017 was the tenth year in a row that the SPXW Weekly...

Bitcoin and the Commitment of Traders Report

Those of us in the financial markets have been learning new phrases such as “hash rate”, “block height”, and “hard fork” since the launch of Cboe Bitcoin Futures last month.  Crypto traders...

Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - Jan 6 2018

The S&P 500 gained 2.6% to begin 2018.  VIX and the VIX futures curve reacted as one would expect with a dramatic drop in spot VIX and the futures following suit to a lesser extent.  Four seconds...

Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 1/6/2018

The S&P 500 rallied nicely to begin 2018 gaining 2.60% last week.  Those that predict 2018 will be a repeat of 2017 are feeling very smug this weekend, however, we have 51 weeks to go and time will tell. ...

Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 1/6/2017

US stocks began the year showing strength and the patter of large cap outperformance that was 2017 continued this past week.  The Russell 2000 (RUT) was up 1.6% while the large cap focused Russell 1000...

Nine Charts Highlight Nine New Records for Cboe Index Products in 2017

A number of new volume and price records were set for Cboe index products in 2017, as customer demand for index options and volatility product solutions continued to grow. These records were remarkable...

Happy Birthday Bitcoin

Most people are aware of bitcoin and the Bitcoin network as being proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto in a white paper ( ) that was published in October 2008.  However, the real birthday...

Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

The four volatility indexes that are based on SPX option pricing were all higher last week with VXST leading the charge.  Of course, the VXST move was aided by a rebound from depressed levels that can...

Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

VIX rallied in the last few minutes of 2018, but didn’t take the all the futures contracts with it.  The near dated futures moved up slightly, but for the week the longer dated futures were slightly...

Weekend Review of Russell 2000 Options and Volatility - 12/26/2017 - 12/29/2017

The year ended appropriately with the Russell 2000 (RUT) dropping a little more than the Russell 1000 (RUI).  RUT was down 0.48% while the large cap focused RUI lost 0.33%.  For the year large cap stocks...

SPX and VIX Option Market Discussion at Cboe RMC Asia

The final presentation of the first day at Cboe RMC in Hong Kong matched Eric Frait, Vice President, Product Advancement and Strategy at Cboe Global Markets with Kristin Boyd a Director with Credit Suisse. ...

Prudent and Rational

Going back to December 4th, I left off in the middle of the day and promised to be back soon and detail the trading for the remainder of the day.  Though time has passed, has SVXY been doing anything...

Weekend Review of VIX Futures and Options - 12/18/2017 - 12/22/2017

December VIX went off the board and January became the front month this past week.   VIX moved higher for the week, however, all the standard futures moved down a bit.  The contango is still steep as...


Barchart Morning Call

OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS Mar E-mini S&Ps ( ESH18 -0.06% ) this morning are down -0.07% as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government begins for a third day. The Senate has a vote scheduled for 12pm Eastern time to sees if the impasse... Read More

Chart of the Day

Chart of the Day

Catalyst Biosciences (CBIO) is the Barchart Chart of the Day.  The biomedical company has a Trend Spotter buy signal, a Weighted Alpha of 150.22+ and gined 111.86% in the last year.
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Brugler Ag Report

Today's Commentary

Corn futures are currently 1 to 2 cents higher after seeing steady to 1 1/4 cent gains on Friday. March was up.81% on the week. Friday morning, the USDA showed export shipments down 25.9% from the previous week at 659,710 MT, 28.9% lower than a year ...
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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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