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JLN Options: First US ETF celebrates 20th birthday Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES First US ETF celebrates 20th birthdayBy Chris FloodThe first US listed exchange traded fund marked its 20th birthday on Tuesday having developed into into a $125bn giant and becoming one of the world’s most widely traded securities over the past two decades.The SPDR S&P 500 ETF, known as SPY, which is managed by State Street Global Advisors, has spearheaded the development of the ETF industry worldwide since its launch in 1993.…SPY also generates a huge volume of turnover in derivatives markets with 585.7m contracts in 2012, around 16 per cent of US equity options volume last year.http://jlne.ws/VnzCgI VIX…

JLN Options: CBOE Pays Fat Dividend, Stock Tagging New Highs Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES CBOE Pays Fat Dividend, Stock Tagging New HighsZacks.com (via Forbes)CBOE Holdings (CBOE) has been gaining traction with an annual dividend yield of 3.9% and a long-term growth rate of 12.5%, making this options and futures leader a promising pick for investors seeking both growth and income.http://jlne.ws/123WfMx Volatility returns to spook Wall StreetAnora Mahmudova, Financial TimesUS equity markets began the week on slightly sour note, as stronger-than-expected durable goods data did little to lift the markets.Businesses invested far more in December, with orders for durable goods jumping 4.4 per cent. A surprise jump at the end of the year…

JLN Options: House Panel Proposes Tax Plan for Derivatives Newsletter,Options

Yesterday’s most actively traded options – from the OIC LEAD STORIES House Panel Proposes Tax Plan for Derivatives4-tradersThe U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday proposed taxing derivatives and other similar financial products at ordinary rates and valued under mark-to-market rules.http://jlne.ws/W7S8e5 European stock ‘fear gauge’ hits near six-year lowReutersThe Euro STOXX 50 Volatility Index , or VSTOXX, Europe’s widely-used measure of investor risk aversion, hit a near six-year low on Friday in a strong signal of growing appetite for equities.http://jlne.ws/W7VnlV Semi-rational exuberanceThe EconomistA VIRUS is spreading through financial markets—and it isn’t the flu. Investors around the world have been…

JLN Options: Ex-Prosecutor Mary Jo White Appointed S.E.C. Boss Newsletter,Options

  OBSERVATIONS – STATISTICS – COMMENTARY Yesterday’s most actively traded options – from the OIC:           LEAD STORIES Ex-Prosecutor Mary Jo White Appointed S.E.C. BossBen Protess and Peter Baker, Dealbook President Obama tapped Mary Jo White, a former United States attorney turned white-collar defense lawyer, to be the next chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.http://jlne.ws/10UECPZ Volatility’s Five-Year Low Could Go Lower StillBrendan Conway, Barron’sIf you use volatility-themed exchange-traded funds or notes, here’s something to consider: Whether today’s volatility is “low” depends on how you measure it.http://jlne.ws/11UcVWI  S&P 500 Briefly Crosses 1,500 for First Time Since…

JLN Options: VIX May Still Be Too High: Chart of the Day Newsletter,Options

OBSERVATIONS – STATISTICS – COMMENTARY Yesterday’s most actively traded options – from the OIC:   LEAD STORIES VIX May Still Be Too High: Chart of the DayBloombergThe stock-market volatility gauge known as the VIX may be too high even after dropping to a five- year low, according to Adam Warner, an option trader and contributor to Schaeffer’s Investment Research.The CHART OF THE DAY illustrates how Warner reached his conclusion: by comparing the VIX, or the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, with the SPDR Standard & Poor’s 500 exchange-traded fund’s volatility during the previous 10 trading days. http://jlne.ws/XxSrLP Trading volumes…

JLN Options: Finra Scrutinizes Options Firms Over Possible Order Mismarking Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES Finra Scrutinizes Options Firms Over Possible Order Mismarking Jacob Bunge and Liz Moyer, The Wall Street JournalMarket regulators are pursuing a wide-ranging review of firms that trade stock options, scrutinizing electronic trading practices that may have allowed firms to avoid paying exchange fees and step ahead of other investors to complete trades. http://jlne.ws/VXGxPM Did stock manipulation cause Apple stock to close at $500?Karen Haslam, Macworld Why did Apple close at exactly $500 on Friday? Has Apple been the victim of stock manipulation? As we wrote last week, call options written this summer were due to expire on 19…

JLN Options: Volatility Is Collapsing Right In Front Of Our Eyes, As Debt Ceiling Fears Fade Newsletter,Options

Dear Readers, This week we began to send you daily editions of JLN Options rather than just posting this information to our blog at www.jlnoptions.com. Our newsletters started out as blogs, evolved to weekly newsletters and now to a daily.  We believe pushing this information out to you as well as having it available online and via search is the optimal format. We hope you are enjoying the daily delivery of the newsletter.  We welcome input on this move and any other suggestions for the newsletter. Please feel free to recommend the daily newsletter to your friends and colleagues.  They…

JLN Options: Investors Seek More Transparency on Corporate Hedging, Derivatives Exposures Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES Investors Seek More Transparency on Corporate Hedging, Derivatives ExposuresEmily Chasan, The Wall Street JournalCorporate disclosures on hedge accounting and derivatives trading are so opaque that investors are often unable to see the true risks companies face from engaging in those activities, according to a new report from the CFA Institute, which is recommending companies improve disclosures in those areas.http://jlne.ws/W91pQf S&P 500 Advances to Five-Year High on Economic ReportsBy Rita Nazareth & Sarah Pringle, BloombergU.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a five-year high, amid better- than-forecast initial jobless claims and housing data.http://jlne.ws/XGRl34 GFI announces…

JLN Options: CBOE Revamping Board to Drop Traders Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE Revamping Board to Drop TradersJacob Bunge, The Wall Street JournalThe biggest U.S. stock-options exchange is cutting ties between its board and traders on its markets following a federal probe into the exchange’s regulation of its members, according to people close to the situation.http://jlne.ws/V6erDe Options Market Watch: Covered Call Trading Starts 2013 with a BangChristopher Ebert, Market PlaygroundLast week’s Option Index Update concluded: “Be prepared for a sideways or choppy market next week, as last week’s gains get digested!”Not much has changed since last week’s update. Covered call trading continued its nearly uninterrupted streak of profits; a streak…