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The Benefits of Getting Stuck in a RUT

on Apr 23, 2009 10:40 am by Mark Wolfinger

As most readers know, I trade RUT. Those are options on the Russell 2000 Index. I've been asked why I don't trade IWM, an exchange traded fund (ETF) that mimics the performance of the same Russell Index. IWM trades almost exactly at one-tenth the price of its big sister, RUT, and its options have very attractive markets, with the bid/ask spreads being a penny or 2 wide. Here's a quo... Read More


VIX Headed Downward?

on Apr 23, 2009 11:20 am by Minyanville Staff

Editor's Note: This post is by Chris Mckhann, of OptionMONSTER. The VIX has remained in the 35 to 40 range for most of the last 2 weeks, but may break back down through the 35 level again today. The volatility index was up again yesterday, closing at 38.10 as the S&P 500 fell 0.77%. The May VIX future closed at 38.45 -- just above the spot reading -- while the June and July futures are ju... Read More


Odds Are Against Buying VIX Futures

on Apr 23, 2010 9:40 am by Adam Warner

I will admit that I sound like a broken record on the subject, but I just will not understand the pricing of further out VIX futures and options.VIX Julys expire in almost exactly three months. They carry a six-point premium to VIX "cash". Six points!Now we all know volatility "mean reverts." We just don't know where that "mean" we "revert" to lies. But what... Read More


Exchanges Would Be Winners in Derivatives Reform

on Apr 23, 2010 12:45 pm by Steve Smith

I, like most people, don't understand the intricacies of the derivative products such as the credit default swaps (CDS) that have come under the spotlight as a result of the Goldman Sachs (GS) lawsuit. But I know enough about how markets operate to believe many of these products should be listed and traded on an exchange. This is not a new idea -- it's been batted around for over two years a... Read More


Is Natural Gas a Better Bet Than Gold?

on Apr 23, 2012 4:55 pm by Rod David

The following are the latest daily summaries of my ongoing intraday coverage, providing context to interpret price action. Any prices listed are for a contract's current "front month." Their direction tends to correlate with any ETFs listed for each. Today's Highlight: Gold plunged and natural gas surged, each confirming expectations that recent near-term extremes had formed... Read More


The Ratio Write: Risks and Benefits

on Apr 23, 2012 2:50 pm by Michael Thomsett

Most covered call writers take comfort in the relative safety of the position. The premium from the call gives you downside protection, discounting your basis in the stock. But the risk is still there, especially if the underlying price declines below your net. For example, if you buy 100 shares at $55 and sell a $57.50 call for 2 ($200), your discounted basis in the stock is $53 ($55 - $2). If th... Read More


Back-to-Back Intraday Sell-Offs May Have Earned Crude Oil a Rally Leg

on Apr 23, 2013 5:08 pm by Rod David

The following are the latest daily summaries of my ongoing intraday coverage, providing context to interpret price action. Any prices listed are for a contract's current "front month." Their direction tends to correlate with any ETFs listed for each. Today's Highlight: Crude oil's two consecutive deep intraday/overnight drops probably have earned at least an obligatory... Read More


Gold Miners Continue to Fail

on Apr 23, 2013 9:40 am by Commodity HQ

The demise of gold in the last few months has been well documented as investors watched the metal tumble from $1,900/oz to below $1,400/oz in less than two years, a drop of 25%. But it was not that long ago that analysts and investors were not only touting gold as a good investment, but gold miners were seen as a great opportunity for those looking for an equity spin on the metal. Unfortunately, t... Read More


Earnings on Tap: Potash Corp, Freeport-McMoRan, and Suncor

on Apr 23, 2014 11:02 am by Commodity HQ

The first-quarter earnings season of 2014 is well on its way, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. On the commodity producer front, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) kicked off the season. AA reported revenues of $5.45 billion, below the expected $5.56 billion, and earnings of $0.09 per share, which managed to beat analyst estimates of $0.05. Agribusiness giant Monsanto (NYSE:MON) managed to bea... Read More


How Far Down Could Crude Oil Go?

on Apr 23, 2014 1:10 pm by Nadia Simmons

On Tuesday, crude oil lost 1.78% as concerns over another build in US crude oil inventories overshadowed ongoing fears over tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Because of these circumstances, light crude declined sharply and invalidated the breakout above the medium-term resistance line. Will this strong bearish signal trigger further deterioration in the coming days? Which important support coul... Read More


Fluctuating Gas Prices Can't Dent Americans' Love Affair With Their Cars

on Apr 23, 2014 3:08 pm by Oilprice.com

The national average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline may be $0.15 higher than this time last year, but the fact that gasoline prices in general are trending lower has kept American drivers from reducing their time on the road, according to the American Automobile Association. AAA reported that the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline right now is $3.6... Read More
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