This Week: CPI, Fed Minutes and Earnings Season kicks off with JP Morgan, Citi and Wells Fargo.

Market View

Last Week – A less volatile week all around and a jobs number arrived with markets closed.

SPY finished lower by 0.4% last week, a quiet move inside what options were pricing. The VIX was down very slightly on the week from 18.70 to 18.40. The jobs number came out Friday but the stock market was closed so today is the first reaction in equities. Options vol took a breather last week, with a holiday week in between the banking turmoil of the past month and the earnings season kicking off this Friday.

This Week – CPI and bank earnings.

SPY options are pricing about a 1.6% move for the upcoming week. The CPI number is on Wednesday with SPY IV jumping from about 11 to 15 mid-week leading into the start of earnings season with what will be some closely watched numbers from JP Morgan, Citi and Wells Fargo on Friday. Again, this is some of the lowest IV the market has seen in months, especially on a CPI week. Here’s the SPY expected move with a range of about $414 to $401:

Today – Futures Lower following Jobs Number

Futures are lower before the bell on Monday, absorbing the Jobs number on Friday as well as pre-market moves lower in Apple, Tesla, and other big cap tech. Tesla is lower by about 3% pre-market following an announcement or more price cuts on certain vehicles.

Micron is higher by 5% following an announced cut to memory chip production from Samsung.

Expected Moves for This Week (via Options AI’s free tools)

  • SPY 1.6%
  • QQQ 2.1% 
  • IWM 2.3% 
  • DIA 1.4% 

Economic Calendar

  • Monday – Fed Speech (Williams)
  • Tuesday – Fed Speeches (Harker, Kaskari)
  • Wednesday – CPI, Fed Minutes
  • Thursday – PPI
  • Friday – Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

Unusual Option Volume Thursday


Earnings This Week

Via the Options AI Earnings Calendar (free to use) showing expected moves as currently priced and past moves for comparison.


  • Carmax KMX – Expected Move: 10.8% [Prior] -4% -25% +7 -10%


  • JP Morgan JPM – Expected Move: 3.6% [Prior] +3% +2% -3 -3%
  • Citi C – Expected Move: 4% [Prior] +2% +1% +13 +2%
  • Wells Fargo WFC – Expected Move: 4.4% [Prior] +3% +2% +6 -5%
  • United Health UNH – Expected Move: 2.5% [Prior] -1% +1% +5% 0%
  • BlackRock BLK – Expected Move: 3.5% [Prior] 0% +7% +2% 0%

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