Jason Goepfert

8-10-2020 at 5:32 pm

Daily Report : Speculative options traders return; Stocks are calming down after near-record volatility

The smallest of options traders (and the largest, too) have returned to their speculative ways. They've once again been buying call options while staying away from hedges. Overall speculative activity is now the highest since the spring of 2000.; After a near-record amount of volatility in March and April, stock swings have calmed down. The S&P 500's average true range over a 5-day span dropped to less than 1% for the first time in months. That hasn't been a reliable sign that calm conditions would necessarily last.

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