For the countless complexities in this market, it really comes down to this simple shape:(more…)
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From our friend at ORATS: The last two months of market and volatility action is unparalleled. Usually, when the market rises, volatility falls — since 2006, this has happened 90% of the time. The last two months, however, has seen a volatility rise connected to a market rise 25% of the time, more than double the historical average.
Historically, when volatility rises and the market rises, it has been a coin flip between the skew steepening, indicating put buying, or shallowing indicating call buying, both happening 50% of the time. However, in the past two months, volatility rising has come with a skew shallowing 73% of the time, indicating massive call buying.
Call buying is driving the volatility spikes and the real action is not in the index but in the single names, and the buying has not been in normal just out-of-the-money calls but way out-of-the-money calls.(more…)
Here are five stocks I just added to my all-short portfolio, and I’ve put my stop-loss price for each one:(more…)
I decided to wander over to their site to see what almost $4 billion of funding had created for us to enjoy. Well, their home page shows a trio of scenes which ostensibly show the spiffy ways their VR product (which will ship Real Soon Now, I’m sure…….) will do. They show an old woman with her virtual brain floating above her hospital bed. And they show a group of people in a business setting.(more…)
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