NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Whole Foods Market Inc
shares are expected to swing about 10 percent following its
fourth-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, options activity
indicates, signaling more volatility for a stock that has lost
half its value since the start of the year.
Options in the Austin, Texas-based natural and organic goods
seller showed Whole Foods shares could make a run toward $34 by
week’s end and recover some of its recent losses, or dive below
$28, towards a four-year low.
NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – A bullish signal emerging from
trading in the options in the largest exchange-traded oil fund
should be taken with a pinch of salt because the outlook for
crude prices remains bleak, analysts said.
U.S. crude has largely stayed below the $50 mark for
more than three months, but call options on the United States
Oil Fund (USO), typically used for placing bullish bets
on shares of the fund, have seen a big uptick since October.
NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) – With gold on track for its
second-best month this year, traders in the options market are
betting there is plenty of steam left in the rally.
Spot gold, which touched a five-year low of $1,077 an
ounce in July, is up about 8 percent from then and broke through
its 200-day moving average last week, the first time since May.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shares fell hard after the world’s largest retailer cut its profit view for 2017 but some options traders were betting on a quick rebound.
On Wednesday, the company warned that earnings per share will fall as much as 12 percent next fiscal year, sparking the steepest one-day decline in the company’s shares in 25 years.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street is forever on the lookout for ever more exotic indicators of impending doom for the stock market, and the latest measure to catch eyeballs is the CBOE Skew index which recently flashed panic signals like never before.
The options-based index tracks the implied volatility of deep out-of-the-money options – that is, options that are not profitable yet – on the S&P 500 to measure the market’s expectations for large declines in the index.
NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Wall Street is forever on the
lookout for ever more exotic indicators of impending doom for
the stock market, and the latest measure to catch eyeballs is
the CBOE Skew index which recently flashed panic
signals like never before.
The options-based index tracks the implied volatility of
deep out-of-the-money options – that is, options that are not
profitable yet – on the S&P 500 to measure the market’s
expectations for large declines in the index.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just when it looked like a correction could turn into a bear market, U.S. stocks have rallied hard in recent days, and some widely followed technical indicators suggest that the market is a ways through the bottoming process.
The S&P 500 ended September by retesting lows from August, but has since rallied to advance in seven of the last eight sessions, for a gain of about 7 percent as investors continue to assess the timing of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve and brace for quarterly earnings season.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The financial sector is expected to be a bright spot for U.S. earnings growth in the third quarter, but options traders are playing it safe by snapping up protection against any surprises.
Market volatility tends to rise during earnings season, and with several heavyweights reporting next week, investors are trying to hedge their bets by adding to protective positions in the options on a key exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the financials.
NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Even with a recent sharp
decline in China’s equity market, some do not believe the
selling is at an end, judging by activity in the options market.
In early August, the People’s Bank of China surprised the
world by devaluing the yuan by nearly 2 percent on the heels of
a run of poor economic data, and Chinese stocks sold off
NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Traders in the U.S. options
market loaded up on protection on Friday, a day after U.S.
Federal Reserve held off on a long awaited interest-rate hike,
signaling to many that the current bout of volatility in stocks
is likely to persist.
The Fed kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday in a bow
to worries about the global economy, financial market volatility
and sluggish inflation at home. It left open the possibility of
a modest policy tightening later this year.