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Oil Options Traders Buy Into Talk of Crude Topping $100 a Barrel Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Oil Options Traders Buy Into Talk of Crude Topping $100 a Barrel Alex Longley – Bloomberg Oil trading executives spoke, and the options market liked what it heard. The total number of options traded on Brent crude surged on Monday to about 274,000 contracts, the highest ever, data showed. The flurry was driven by record call trading — including bets on $100 a barrel or more — as the global benchmark reached an almost four-year high and major oil trading houses publicly predicted the return of triple digit crude for the first time since 2014. /bloom.bg/2zsUsab ****JB: MarketWatch…

US Options Volume on Pace for Record Year; Canadian Pension Fund Leverage Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories US Options Volume on Pace for Record Year Despite Drop Off, Lower Volatility in Q2 Russell Rhoads – TABB Forum (Free Subscription w/ Registration) US options volume remains on track for a record year, despite a volume drop off from the first quarter to Q2 2018. Volatility was lower compared to Q1, but still was elevated relative to the past couple of years. Average bid/ask spreads narrowed from month to month, with June posting the narrowest spreads in 2018. TABB Group’s exclusive US Options Market Review examines market trends in US-listed options markets, including detailed insight into volume…

Endangered Options Specialists; FX volatility; Derivatives need LIBOR alternative Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellany for Friday SD– JLN Perusing the day’s most active option chains on the OIC’s website yesterday was a bit wonky. Only one of the 19 most active equity symbols had more put activity than calls, that being FOXA (21st Century Fox). On the ETF side, there was a lot of lopsided action. TLT (20-yr Treasuries) saw 92 percent of its activity on the call side. The flip side of that coin – ETFs dominated by put activity – was populated by EEM (emerging markets), QQQ (Nasdaq), EWZ (Brazil) and SMH (semiconductors), with puts accounting for 80…

Italian market chaos; Vix-mageddon revisited Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 5/21 to 5/25 JohnLothianNews.com Reviews of “The Spread” are in! “You look better in blue.” – Host’s mom “I guess I like it – I just don’t understand what you’re talking about.” – Old college friend “I prefer the book.” – Random millennial “It’s better than most other stuff.” – Biased observer Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » ++++++ Markets Convulse as Italy Is Seen on Course for New Elections Anooja Debnath, Chiara Remondini and Stephen Spratt – Bloomberg Sovereign bonds, stocks decline after erasing opening rallies; President…

U.S. Launches Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation; Fed to consider Volcker Rule modification John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Word has it that Kraken is about to open an office in Chicago, following a move by Coinbase aimed at attracting institutional customers to their exchanges.~JK The tZERO and BOX Digital Markets deal announced Tuesday could completely disrupt the venture capital and capital raising space, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, the parent of tZERO, told me. More to come on that next week.~JK ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest London event is right around the corner – June 6.~SD A quick note on the Italian bond futures story yesterday, Italy Rout Wipes Five Billion Euros From Bond…

NASDAQ’s Longfin options tangle; Creative FX trades; Manipulation talk Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Now NASDAQ gets in a tangle Jamie Powell – Financial Times Last month we published a story on Longfin, a Nasdaq listed trade-finance company with a tenuous link to blockchain technology and hence an excessively high market capitalisation. To recap, FTSE Russell decided to add Longfin to its Russell 2000 and 3000 small-cap indexes. Index funds then bought shares for their various products. There was one problem though. /goo.gl/7p4WD7 ****SD: “Tomorrow, 26,951 of Longfin put options will expire, representing 2,695,100 shares as each options contract is for 100 shares. In other words, the rights to sell account for…

SEC Urges End to CAT standoff; Deutsche Boerse plans FX expansion; HKEX working with ASX on blockchain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Our Page Of The Day yesterday was industry legend Robert J. O’Brien, who turned 100 years old yesterday. His contributions to the industry and interviews with Mr. O’Brien were documented in the RJO O’Brien Centennial Video about the firm’s own 100 year anniversary in 2014, a video produced by John Lothian Productions.~JK Longtime accounting and back office professional Mark Connelly has left the futures industry. He started a new position as senior vice president – operations for All Clean Services responsible for running the Midwest Region. His responsibilities include managing and growing the…

Third Barclays FX Trader Faces Charges in Scandal; Cboe update; Prop consolidation Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well…

Hudson River to acquire Sun Trading as HFT continues to contract; What Could Kill the Bitcoin Boom; BitConnect Closes Exchange as States Warn of Unregulated Sales John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well as…