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JLN Options: A Washington Post Article On The Debt Ceiling Is Being Blamed For The Collapse In Market Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Washington Post Article On The Debt Ceiling Is Being Blamed For The Collapse In Market VolatilityJoe Weisenthal, Business InsiderQuick heads up.Some folks are attributing the market rally and the collapse of volatility to a Washington Post article by Greg Sargent arguing that the GOP isn’t united in their Debt Ceiling strategy as people might think.http://jlne.ws/13h48x9 As VIX slumbers, investors grow complacent David Berman, The Globe and MailBill Luby at the VIX and More blog has been polling readers weekly on their top fears. In the latest poll, concerns about the U.S. deficit and debt ceiling have become the…

JLN Options: Why VIX’s Recent Plunge May Be Bad for Stocks Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Why VIX’s Recent Plunge May Be Bad for StocksJeff Cox, CNBCAfter a historic decline, market volatility really has no place else to go but up.In the near-term that’s probably bad news for stock prices, which have rallied in 2013 but likely are in for a rough ride over the next several weeks.http://jlne.ws/U16L18 Optionshop, the New Online Futures Broker Specializing in Options on Futures, Opens Doors for Traders and InvestorsPress ReleaseOptionshop, a new online futures broker specializing in options on futures, today began accepting new accounts.http://jlne.ws/XIFmFR What to watch: Stocks’ fear gauge plunge an omen?Adam Shell, USA TODAYShould you…

JLN Options: CBOE to Offer New Customized Option Pricing Service Through Market Data Express Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE to Offer New Customized Option Pricing Service Through Market Data ExpressPress ReleaseChicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE) announced today that its affiliate Market Data Express, LLC (MDX) plans to launch the CBOE Customized Option Pricing Service (COPS) on Monday, January 14. The new data service, which employs the market-making expertise of CBOE’s liquidity-providing community, offers subscribers end-of-day indicative valuations for “customized” options such as FLexible EXchange (FLEX) options and certain over-the-counter (OTC) options.http://jlne.ws/VG5v5j Moment of Truth for U.S. Stocks and VIX ETFs John Nyaradi, InvestorPlaceU.S. stocks and ETFs started 2013 with a bang as the Dow Jones Industrial…

JLN Options: 2012: The Year In VIX And Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories 2012: The Year In VIX And VolatilityBill Luby, Seeking AlphaEvery year I assemble a chart that is my retrospective look at the year in volatility. While 2012 was the first year since 2006 that the VIX failed to make it out of the 20s, this was not due to an absence of threats to the stock market.http://jlne.ws/VAaBQv  Be Careful for What You Wish For  While clichés fly, stocks’ dependence upon easy Fed policies remains after fiscal cliff is sidestepped.  Randall W. Forsyth, Barron’sIn its annual list of words that ought to be banished from the English language compiled by…

JLN Options: VIX Has Its Biggest Two-Day Fall – 35.4%; Record Futures Volume Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories VIX Has Its Biggest Two-Day Fall – 35.4%; Record Futures VolumeMatt Moran, VIX ViewsOver the past six trading days the VIX has had a roller-coaster ride as investor sentiment shifted in regard to perceived prospects for a near-term solution to the U.S. fiscal cliff situation.http://jlne.ws/ZX3ypq Vix Futures Set Another New Single-Day Volume Record Today: 221,323 ContractsPress ReleaseThe CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®) announced today that CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® index) futures set a new single-day volume record of 221,323 contracts (estimated), the second consecutive daily VIX futures record this week.Today’s daily record eclipsed the previous VIX futures single-day…

JLN Options: Volatility Plunges, But Math Still Suggests ‘Shock’ is Coming: MKM Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Volatility Plunges, But Math Still Suggests ‘Shock’ is Coming: MKMBy Brendan Conway, BarronsAs stock indexes surge Wednesday, the market’s worry barometers are plunging. And yet for MKM Partners’ derivatives strategist Jim Strugger, the math of stock-market volatility still shows plenty of embedded risk.http://jlne.ws/VufurW Vix Futures Set New Single-Day Volume Record [December 31, 2012]Press ReleaseCHICAGO, IL – December 31, 2012 – The CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) announced today that CBOE Volatility Index (VIX index) futures set a new single-day volume record of 212,800 contracts (estimated) today. The new daily record eclipsed the previous single-day record of 190,081 contracts…

JLN Options: BIRINYI: Bears Will Capitulate, And Stocks Will Surge To A Record High In 2013 Newsletter,Options

JLN Options wishes a happy and prosperous New Year to all our readers! Lead Stories BIRINYI: Bears Will Capitulate, And Stocks Will Surge To A Record High In 2013Whitney Kisling, Bloomberg (via Business Insider)The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index will probably surpass its record high in 2013 as bears capitulate and the lure of a four-year bull market pulls “everyone in the pool,” according to Laszlo Birinyi.http://jlne.ws/WVYX1o** Some New Year optimism. –JB Asia’s Stock Rally Could Hit a ‘Cliff’ in Early 2013  Jean Chua, CNBCAsian stock markets have made hefty gains this year despite global economic uncertainty, but in the weeks…

JLN Options: Well-timed options trades before NYSE deal raise eyebrows Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Well-timed options trades before NYSE deal raise eyebrowsDoris Frankel, ReutersA surge in bullish options bets on NYSE Euronext shares ahead of Thursday’s announced merger has raised eyebrows among options strategists.http://jlne.ws/12tNsSJ** This always surprises me (that someone would try this if they had insider knowledge).  As soon as big news of a merger like this happens the first thing everyone does is look to see who was “lucky” enough to win big with a well-timed trade.  At the very least those people are going to get a lot of scrutiny making it difficult to get away with. Of course…

JLN Options: ICE to buy NYSE Euronext for roughly $8.2 billion Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ICE to buy NYSE Euronext for roughly $8.2 billionBen Fox, MarketWatchIntercontinentalExchange Inc. ICE agreed to buy fellow exchange NYSE Euronext NYX in a roughly $8.2 billion cash-and-stock deal, in a merger that will vastly expand ICE’s profile.http://jlne.ws/SZ2AFZ** ICE is the relative newcomer that sprang up in 2000 and only 12 years later is taking over the world. Jeffrey Sprecher has been a force to be reckoned with ever since he knocked the socks off of everyone at FIA Boca by challenging the CME’s bid to acquire the CBOT. — SR NYSE sale to ICE and the death of…