VIX futures drop with volatility index
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
The CBOE Volatility Index, its futures, and the S&P 500 all ended down yesterday as we head into several days of market-moving news.
The VIX fell 0.24 points, or 1.3 percent, to close at 17.74. It was lower all day as the SPX dipped into negative territory on several occasions before finishing down 1.5 points to 1403.44. The two indexes typically move inversely.
The VIX futures were lower as well. The September futures were down 0.50 points, or 2.7 percent, to 18.15. The October and December futures were both down 0.40 points to 20.35 and 22.15 respectively.
While implied volatility came down slightly, they all continue to carry huge premiums to actual volatility. The 20-day historical volatility remains at a 52-week low of 6.25 percent.
More than 330,000 VIX options traded on the day, 242,000 of which were calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) saw 195,000 options change hands, with calls outpacing puts by 2 to 1.
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Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says one large player purchased 140,000 July 18 calls in the VIX, adding to heavy upside buying earlier in the week.
Video: Heavy June VIX call action
May 21, 2015
A day after the May VIX contracts settled at 12.80, Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says 250,000 June calls changed hands.
Video: VIX June 17-18 call action
May 20, 2015
Following this morning's May contract settlement, Group One's Dominic Savino says traders are now targeting the VIX June 17 and 18 calls.
Video: VIX going into expiration
May 19, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says traders are expecting a quiet May settlement tomorrow morning but are active in the June contracts.
Video: Low premium in May VIX
May 18, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says VIX options are showing little premium levels ahead of the May settlement on Wednesday morning.