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JLN Options: Dwindling Options: Volume Flat Through February Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Dwindling Options: Volume Flat Through FebruaryAndy Nybo, TABB GroupOptions trading volume in the first two months of 2013 fell .4%. But the ongoing federal budget debate and the introduction of mini options should prop up volumes in March.http://jlne.ws/YSvXtc Mini Options See ‘Respectable’ StartKaitlyn Kiernan, The Wall Street JournalMini options made their debut Monday, allowing investors to wager on the direction of pricey stocks such as Apple Inc. for about one-tenth of the investment of a standard stock option.http://jlne.ws/Zb4JdX The Cyprus Story: Bad News in a Low-Volatility World Adam Warner, Schaeffer’s Investment ResearchMy first thought when I heard of the…

JLN Options: Spike in trading volume: Blame a witches’ brew of options expirations Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Spike in trading volume: Blame a witches’ brew of options expirationsKate Gibson, MarketWatchFriday’s spike in trading volume has virtually nothing to do with the market’s recent advance to multi-year highs, and everything to do with an event that comes just four times a year.http://jlne.ws/ZmYpDz Mini-options debut in five large namesChris McKhann, optionMONSTER (via Yahoo Finance)Today marks the start of trading in the new mini-options, which will give smaller traders access to contracts on some of the more expensive and popular stocks.http://jlne.ws/11afogn Volatility Traders, Gold Bulls Are Loving The Mess in CyprusBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe fast money is eager for…

JLN Options: Mini Options Will Go Live on Monday March 18th Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Mini Options Will Go Live on Monday March 18thBret Kenwell, BenzingaThe debate to allow mini options on the CBOE has been going on for a couple years now. Ever since names like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) began trading at rather high dollar amounts, there have been parties both for and against the move.http://jlne.ws/Z3PN1g U.S. Stocks Decline After S&P 500 Index Approaches RecordSarah Pringle, BloombergBusinessweekU.S. stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index moved within two points of its record high yesterday, as a report showed consumer confidence unexpectedly fell in March.http://jlne.ws/Z3NZFB…

JLN Options: CBOE-ISE Trial Over Automated Markets Patent Is Canceled Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE-ISE Trial Over Automated Markets Patent Is CanceledAndrew Harris, BloombergA patent trial pitting International Securities Exchange LLC against Chicago Board Options Exchange Inc. was canceled on its scheduled opening day in federal court in Chicago.http://jlne.ws/ZCCPID** Press releases on this from the CBOE and ISE can be found below under the “Exchanges” section. -JB New Life for Exchange Traded DerivativesColby Jenkins, TABB GroupWhile the roadblocks of low volatility and low interest rates that stymied the global ETD market in 2012 will likely continue in 2013, the regulatory overhaul in the OTC space will allow for unprecedented innovations in derivatives,…

JLN Options: CBOE Holdings And S&P Dow Jones Indices Extend Licensing Agreement Through 2033 Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE Holdings And S&P Dow Jones Indices Extend Licensing Agreement Through 2033CBOE Holdings, Inc. and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced today that they have finalized an amendment to their license agreement that extends Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) exclusive rights to list security options contracts based on certain indices calculated and published by S&P Dow Jones Indices through 2032, and non-exclusive rights through 2033.http://jlne.ws/16ru6Q3 ***JK: Related tidbits:– 2013 is the 30th Year since CBOE first introduced the OEX, or S&P 100 and the S&P 500 options.– The S&P 500 options contract was the most traded index option w…

JLN Options: Volatility Derivatives Soar Despite Placid Market Newsletter,Options

Commentary & Insight Jill Sommers Reflects on the CFTC, Dodd-Frank, and Her FutureMarketsWiki.tv Jill Sommers, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), is stepping down after the first quarter of this year. Sommers spoke with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the progress of Dodd-Frank, position limits, and what the future holds for the CFTC after her resignation. Sommers discussed how the CFTC has changed over the last five years — including their increased budget and staff, moving from principles-based to rules-based rulemaking and their greatly increased public profile. She also reflected on the Dodd-Frank rulemaking process, saying she wished…

JLN Options: ISE Renews CBOE Automated-Markets Patent Court Fight Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Renews CBOE Automated-Markets Patent Court FightAndrew Harris, BloombergInternational Securities Exchange LLC, an electronic options-trading forum, is set to renew legal hostilities with Chicago Board Options Exchange Inc. today in a fight over an automated trading patent.http://jlne.ws/YS5xY4 FOCUS: Speculators Exit Bullish Precious Metals Futures, Options Positions — CFTCDebbie Carlson, Kitco News (via Forbes)Weaker prices and a greater interest in other markets like equities convinced speculators to lighten up on their bullish precious metals futures and options positions at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, with funds setting a new low for gold bullish position in…

JLN Options: CBOE Holdings, Inc : Russell announces exclusive agreements with NYSE Euronext and CBOE Holdings for Russell U.S. index options Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE Holdings, Inc : Russell announces exclusive agreements with NYSE Euronext and CBOE Holdings for Russell U.S. index optionsPress Release (NYSE Euronext)Russell Investments today announced that NYSE Euronext, one of the world’s premier exchange operators and technology innovators and home of the NYSE Amex and NYSE Arca exchanges, and CBOE Holdings, Inc., home of Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the creator of listed options and leader in index options trading volume, will trade Russell U.S. Index-based options exclusively.http://jlne.ws/10qJpIc**Options on the Russell Indexes were previously traded at a number of U.S. options exchanges. — SR I Shall Call You…

JLN Options: BofA Times an Options Trade Well Newsletter,Options

JLN Special Report: FIA Boca Preview: Walt Lukken on State of Futures IndustryIn advance of the FIA Boca 2013 conference next week, John Lothian News traveled to Washington D.C. this week to interview Walt Lukken, president and CEO of the Futures Industry Association to get his comments on the state of the futures industry today and what is in store for the rest of the year.This two-part interview focuses on the key issues facing exchanges and brokers, as well as a rundown on the Dodd-Frank regulatory process. This year’s FIA Boca conference will be one of the more important events…