The week ahead in options. SPY, QQQ, IWM, Nike, Blackberry and more.

The Broader Markets

Last Week – SPY finished last week 2.3% lower (or about $11). That was more than the 1.3% (or $6) options were pricing for the week. Implied volatility was higher to end the week.

This Week – SPY options are pricing a 1.5% move (about $7 in either direction) for the upcoming (4 day) week. With the SPY $460 that is a range of about $453 to $467.

Implied Volatility – The VIX ended Friday around 21.50, up from 18 the prior week. Expected moves are slightly more than historical averages.

Expected Moves for This Week (Via Options AI)

  • SPY 1.5% (about $7)
  • QQQ 2.1% (about $8)
  • IWM 2.7% (about $6)
  • DIA 1.6% (about $6)

Implied volatility is higher than average entering a shortened holiday week and year-end. If volume falls and market moves quiet, options premium may quickly contract into a three-day weekend as market makers protect against theta risk. If large day-to-day market moves continue the three-day weekend just adds to the uncertainty and options volatility could see large moves higher and lower corresponding to equity moves. (there is no New Year’s day off for the market this year)

In the News

IWM (Russell 2000 etf) has been in a range for most of 2021 with a failed breakout in November. It has been testing the lower end of that range as recently as Friday. The expected move-in IWM into year-end is about $9, which to the downside would mean a breakdown below its 2021 range, the bullish expected move of about $225 would put IWM right back in in the middle of that range:

Expected Moves for Companies Reporting Earnings

The expected moves link to the Options AI Earnings Calendar. Recent moves on prior earnings start with the prior quarter. Earnings announcements are light this week as we’re in between earnings season and amidst the Holidays. Nike on Monday highlights the week


Carnival Cruise CCL / Expected Move: 6.3% / Recent moves: +3%, -2%, +1%

Micron MU / Expected Move: 6.7% / Recent moves: -2%, -6%, +5%

Nike NKE / Expected Move: 6.0% / Recent moves: -6%, +16%, -4%


Blackberry BB / Expected Move: 9.7% / Recent moves: +11%, -4%, -10%


Carmax KMX / Expected Move: 7.1% / Recent moves: -13%, +7%, -7%

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