The week ahead in options. SPY, QQQ, IWM, Tesla, Tilray and more.

The Broader Markets

Last Week – SPY was essentially unchanged on the week, but moved higher and then lower by almost 2%. Implied volatility was lower on the week.

This Week – SPY options are pricing about a 1.3% move this week (about $6 in either direction), the smallest move priced by options since January

Implied Volatility / VIX – The VIX closed last week below 20. That is its lowest level of implied vol since January.

Expected Moves for This Week (via Options AI)

  • SPY 1.3% (about $6)
  • QQQ 1.9% (about $7)
  • IWM 2.0% (about $4.25)
  • DIA 1.2% (about $4.25)

In the News

Tesla (TSLA) stock is higher by about 40% in the past 3 weeks. As mentioned in these posts for some time, Tesla options have been consistently underpricing its large moves (both higher and lower) since its October ’21 breakout.

Over the weekend the company reported vehicle deliveries of 310k, slightly lower than analyst expectations. Options are pricing about a 6% move in TSLA this week and about 13% for the next month.


The Earnings Calendar is light this week. Significant earnings begin to ramp up the following week with the large financial companies reporting mid April and the large tech names in late April. Links go to the Options AI calendar where you can see the other companies each day and click through to see charts (free to use). Recent earnings moves (actual) start with the most recent:


Newegg NEGG / Expected Move: 18.5% 


Levi‘s LEVI / Expected Move: 19% (April 14th expiry) / Recent moves: +8%, +8%, +1%

Tilray TLRY / Expected Move: 13.6% / Recent moves: +14%, +2%, +26%


Constellation Brands STZ / Expected Move: 3.6% / Recent moves: -3%, -1%, +1%

Conagra Brands CAG / Expected Move: 3.6% / Recent moves: -2%, -1%, -5%

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