The Broader Markets
Last Week – SPY was higher by about 0.7% vs the 1.0% expected move options were pricing.
This Week – SPY options are pricing less than a 1% move (in either direction) for the upcoming week. That corresponds to about $438 as a bearish expected move and $446 as a bullish expected move.
Implied Volatility – The VIX was lower on the week from around 18 to close Friday near 16. That is below its historical average and index/etf expected moves for the next week are tight as a result.
Expected Moves for This Week via Options AI:
- SPY 0.8%
- QQQ 1.1%
- IWM 1.9%
- DIA 1%
In the News
Robinhood (HOOD) options were listed on Wednesday and the stock joined the ranks of the meme stocks, at least for a few days. The highest strike originally listed was $70, and initially, there were only monthly expiries. As we’ve seen in other meme stocks, the highest call strike becomes popular in retail, and $70 was where the stock closed on Wednesday as short gamma appeared to run out above that level. Retail buying of upside calls can create pockets of short gamma that can accentuate moves higher. Short gamma, in this case, is when market makers are net short options and have to buy stock to remain delta neutral (hedged) as the stock goes higher.
The stock finished the week at $55. Weekly options and higher strikes have now been added (as high as $170). The $70 strike, August 20th remains the strike with the most open interest as of now.
Skew to the upside is sharp, with the 55 calls expiring this week around 155 IV, while the 75 calls are around 205 IV. The expected move for this week is about 15%:
Expected Moves for Companies Reporting Earnings
The Options AI Earnings Calendar is a free resource to keep up to date on upcoming earnings, how options are pricing potential moves, and how that compares to actual moves from prior earnings (starting with most recent).
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Some earnings of note this week include Palantir, AMC, Disney, and Coinbase.
Trade Desk TTD / Expected Move: 8.6% / Recent moves: -26%, +7%, +27%
Workhorse WKHS / Expected Move: 12% / Recent moves: -2%, -8%, -3%
AMC AMC / Expected Move: 15% / Recent moves: +6%, +4%, +9%
Fubo TV FUBO / Expected Move: 12.7% / Recent moves: +10%, -19%, +2%
Coinbase COIN / Expected Move: 8.4% / Recent moves: -3%
NIO NIO / Expected Move: 7.6% / Recent moves: +2%, -13%, -3%
Ebay EBAY / Expected Move: 5.2% / Recent moves: -10%, +5%, -7%
Palantir PLTR / Expected Move: 7.6% / Recent moves: +9%, -13%, +8%
Baidu BIDU / Expected Move: 5% / Recent moves: 0%, -3%, -3%
Disney DIS / Expected Move: 3.3% / Recent moves: -3%, -2%, +2%
Rocket RKT / Expected Move: 7.1% / Recent moves: -17%, +10%, -3%
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