The Week Ahead. After a big rally and a vol collapse, what is next. Plus earnings from Disney and more.


A very impressive rally in the market last week of nearly 6%. The SPX is now just 5% away from its July highs. With that move higher (and with the FOMC, Jobs number, and many of the mega-cap companies having now reported earnings) implied vol got smoked. The VIX fell from 22 to 15 in the past week, with options now pricing moves below historical averages into year-end. Options were pricing a nearly 7% move into year-end as of last week. Following the 6% rally in a week options have compressed to now pricing just a 4% move into Dec 29. Whether that was too far too fast for a falling VIX remains to be seen. As is often the case with a quick bounce in the market vol collapses so fast options really underprice the moves higher. That is until (if) the collapsing vol creates so much long gamma in the market it even slows moves higher into a slow grind.

This week will be one to watch for any change in that IV/Gamma backdrop. 0DTE moves in SPX are now just north of a half a percent a day for the upcoming week. That is down from the more than 1% daily moves options were pricing just a week ago. That’s something to be cognizant of, especially those employing income from option strategies. Does the lower vol become self-fulfilling and do we start to see small moves day to day? Or did vol fall too far too fast, pricing in a year end slow grind through the Holidays a few weeks too early? We’ll see.

Expected move this week: 1.2%
At the money IV: 11
0DTE expected moves: 0.6%
Year end expected move: 3.7%
Levels (roughly) 4200-4520

Economic Calendar
Wednesday – Powell Speech
Thursday – Initial Jobless Claims
Friday – UoM Consumer Sentiment

Earnings Expected Moves

VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 3.0%
FANG Diamondback Energy, Inc. 2.9%
BNTX BioNTech SE 6.7%
BAM Brookfield Asset Management Inc. 6.5%

GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. 3.1%
UBER Uber Technologies, Inc. 6.5%
DVN Devon Energy Corporation 4.9%
CPNG Coupang, Inc. 6.9%
DDOG Datadog, Inc. 9.4%
RIVN Rivian Automotive, Inc. 10.3%

DIS The Walt Disney Company 5.4%
BIIB Biogen Inc .3.5%
WBD Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc .7.8%
TTWO Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. 6.0%
HUBS HubSpot, Inc. 8.8%
CELH Celsius Holdings, Inc. 11.7%
MGM MGM Resorts International 5.4%
TWLO Twilio Inc. 10.2%
RL Ralph Lauren Corporation 6.8%
CART Instacart 8.2%
AFRM Affirm Holdings, Inc. 13.7%
DUOL Duolingo, Inc. 10.0%
COHR Coherent, Inc. 10.0%
LYFT Lyft, Inc. 12.4%
UA Under Armour, Inc. 12.1%
AMC AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. 12.8%
MARA Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. 10.0%

U Unity Software Inc.11.6%
TTD The Trade Desk 10.5%
AZN AstraZeneca PLC 3.1%
GRAB Grab Holdings Limited 7.5%
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited 4.5%
YETI YETI Holdings, Inc. 8.8%

PSNY Polestar Automotive Holding UK PLC 14.3%

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