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JLN Options: Nasdaq’s PHLX Options Market Has ‘Issues,’ Halts Some Trading Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Nasdaq’s PHLX Options Market Has ‘Issues,’ Halts Some TradingJacob Bunge, NASDAQNasdaq OMX Group Inc. ( NDAQ ) on Thursday halted trading in some stock-options contracts on its largest options exchange due to “system issues,” according to notices sent to traders.http://jlne.ws/12ykG3b NYSE Looks to Cull List of Penny NamesPeter Chapman, Traders MagazineIn a move intended to reduce quote traffic and the exchange operator’s administrative burden, NYSE Euronext is proposing to cut significantly the number of options subject to penny trading and to end the so-called “Penny Pilot” program.http://jlne.ws/12ylOUm 5 Theories Behind the VIX Stagnation  Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment ResearchThe market…

JLN Options: BOX ‘JUMBO’ SPY OPTIONS WIN SEC APPROVAL Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories BOX Offers Jumbo SPY(Press release via email)The BOX Options Exchange announced today it received SEC approval to offer Jumbo SPY to its customers. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is currently the most widely recognized ETF in the U.S. and tracks one of the most popular indexes in the world, the S&P 500 Index. Jumbo SPY Options are a new options contract overlying 1,000 SPY ETF shares per contract, as compared to 100 shares per contract for standard options. BOX expects to start trading Jumbo SPY on Friday, May 10. The approval order can be found at  http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/box/2013/34-69511.pdf US…

JLN Options: CBOE Working to Resolve Incorrectly Sent Trades – Exchange Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE Working to Resolve Incorrectly Sent Trades – Exchange Jacob Bunge, The Wall Street JournalThe Chicago Board Options Exchange said “numerous” trades from Thursday appeared in its system after Friday’s market close, potentially leaving customers with incorrect positions.http://jlne.ws/ZLV5EM About that Friday Turnaround in the Price of GoldBrendan Conway, Barron’sGold’s price is rising Monday and has reached as high as $1,478, a peak since April 12.Friday, the metal’s price took a turn lower for no obvious fundamental reason. Here’s more color on the midsession turnabout from Susquehanna Financial Group – specifically on the alleged role of options-market activity:http://jlne.ws/Zgs4N3 Twitter…

JLN Options: Volatility’s Biggest Week of 2013 Was Not Very Big Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Volatility’s Biggest Week of 2013 Was Not Very BigBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe “fear gauge” climbed 24% last week, the most in nearly four months. But these days it takes more than a commodity selloff and weak data in China to get investors genuinely worried.http://jlne.ws/109CywD VIX Has Biggest Weekly Increase of 2013 as Stocks DropNikolaj Gammeltoft and Cecile Vannucci, BloombergBusinessweekU.S. equity volatility rose the most in almost four months last week after unexpectedly slow growth in China and a selloff in commodities triggered the biggest stock-market drop since November.http://jlne.ws/109Auoh Bloomberg lawsuit will not stem swap futuresThe TradeBloomberg’s legal action against…

JLN Options: Gold VIX: Bugs Turn Fearful Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Gold VIX: Bugs Turn FearfulSteven Russolillo, The Wall Street JournalGold’s fear gauge is getting panicky.The CBOE Gold VIX is up 57% on Monday. It is on pace to blow past Friday’s 39% surge, which at the time was the biggest-ever increase in percentage terms, according to the exchange.http://jlne.ws/YXzqs2 FOCUS: Speculators Hike Appetite For Gold In Latest CFTC Report — Just Ahead Of Price BreakKitco News (via Forbes)Speculators raised their appetite for gold, increasing their exposure to U.S. futures and options contracts traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange and on the Nymex, according to…

JLN Options: When options trading ahead of deals raises eyebrows Newsletter,Options

COMMENTARY & INSIGHT From the John Lothian Newsletter: One Giant Step for ISE…Gary KatzSince John was gracious enough to let me stand on his soapbox this week, I am going to use it for a little shameless self-promotion this morning. As I hope many of you have already seen, ISE announced the brand name of our second options exchange yesterday – ISE Gemini. While we are still pending regulatory approval and expecting to launch in late Q2, this is another major step forward for us. The name itself was chosen through an internal committee which honed in on Project Gemini…

JLN Options: Exchanges Are Moving to Curb Private Trades Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Exchanges Are Moving to Curb Private TradesNathaniel Popper, The New York TimesThe chief executives of the three largest stock exchanges are joining forces for the first time to push regulators to rein in the increasing amount of trading that is moving off public exchanges and onto platforms like so-called dark pools.http://jlne.ws/YIet46 ** As this week’s guest editor of the John Lothian Newsletter, Gary Katz, President and CEO of the International Securities Exchange, commented on the above story: “The US listed options industry has from the start precluded dark pools from trading the fungible products now available on eleven…

JLN Options: VIX ETFs Rise In Response To Sluggish Equity Markets Newsletter,Options

Commentary & Insight NFA Chairman Chris Hehmeyer Talks Bankruptcy ReformMarketsWiki.tv One of the issues that emerged from the MF Global collapse was the complex and often frustrating US bankruptcy process. In the case of MF Global, futures customers’ claims were lumped in with other creditors. As such, it took more than a year for customers with segregated accounts to get their money back through the bankruptcy trustee. Chris Hehmeyer, CEO of HTG Capital Partners and chairman of the National Futures Association (NFA), spoke with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the need for bankruptcy reform for the futures industry. It’s a…

JLN Options: Apple investors pay more for downside bets Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Apple investors pay more for downside betsDoris Frankel, ReutersThe steady slide in longtime market darling Apple Inc has brought in options investors willing to pay more for bearish bets than at any time in the last four years.http://jlne.ws/105nSQQ The Supreme Myth of the Risk of Options DebunkedJohn Critchley, The Options InsiderI was recently talking to a very well educated corporate lawyer who is the father of my daughter’s basketball teammate and the conversation turned to investments.  I told him what I did and that my passion was options.  The reaction “Oh My, Options they are too risky for…