CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is up .71 to 16.58 and one player in the options market sells Jan $14 puts on VIX to buy the Jan 25 – 30 call spread, 45000X. The same investor also bought 35,730 Mar 34 calls on the index and the four-way spread (for net premium of $5 mln) seems to be a play on increasing volatility heading into-2013. It’s possibly to help hedge the risk of a market slide/volatility spike around the Fiscal Cliff deadline. Earlier, 25K Dec 35 calls traded on VIX at a nickel when the market was 0 to 10 cents and is possibly a liquidating trade. December options on the volatility index in 15 days and open interest at the 35 line is more than 120K.
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