Tag Archives: USO

Checking In on Oil Volatility

Oil was the headline grabbing market for the last few months of 2014. For months the price of oil has continued to violate any sort of support levels that technical analysts can come up with. January’s average OVX close was just over 55. This was the highest average for a month since the tail end […]

2014 Oil Volatility Review

In 2013 it was gold, this year the price of oil took it on the chin and the result was the worst performance for the United States Oil ETF (USO – 20.36) since the dark days of 2008. There are all kinds of theories over what is actually going on in the energy markets. I’m […]

Last Week in Gold and Oil Volatility – 12/21/2014

Gold volatility represented by GVZ dropped 5% last week and the price of gold as represented by GLD was down 2.25%. Now on to what people care about these days – The week over week price change for the United States Oil ETF (USO – 21.96) comes nowhere near telling the story from last week. […]

Last Week in Oil and Gold Volatility – 12/14/2014

I recall when I totally ignored Oil in this space for gold, my how things have changed.   USO dropped over 12% last week which places the fund down about 38% in 2014. The result for OVX, as seen on the right side below, was a jump of 45% and a move near all-time highs. The […]

Last Week in Gold and Oil Volatility – 11/24 – 11/28

Friday’s drop for the United States Oil ETF (USO – 25.58) was the seventh largest in history. The history is a bit limited, just going back to April 2006 when the fund was introduced. OVX was bracing for a move closing Wednesday in the mid-30’s so when the markets opened on Friday OVX didn’t move […]

Last Week’s OPEC Meeting and Oil Volatility

On Thursday morning I was taking a break from putting lights on the tree. A break for me does not involve checking the Lions – Bears score. My break involves checking in on the markets.   I was aware that OPEC was meeting today and that a big oil price move was possible based on the […]

Last Week in Gold and Oil Volatility – 11/23/2014

Gold and Oil both rose last week, but the market perceptions of each market are very different. Oil volatility rose last week while gold volatility managed to drop. First OVX was up a little over 5% as risk perceptions continue to elevate. Gold began moving higher two weeks ago and followed through nicely over the […]

Last Week in Gold and Oil Volatility – 11/9/2014

Gold implied volatility in the form of the CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (GVZ) was down slightly on the week despite GLD not appearing to have developed a new support level.  Despite dropping, GVZ at 21.38 is definitely elevated relative to this year’s average of 15.85 and is just a couple points lower than the […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – 10/26/2014

The prices of both gold and oil can often move together reacting to global events or current business conditions. Currently the two markets are both on the lower end of their historical price range, but oil is in a different place than gold. What I mean by that is that the price of oil does […]

Gold and Oil Volatility Last Week – October 19, 2014

Commodity related implied volatility tends to react to a break of support or resistance through an upside move. Often implied volatility will drop when a commodity is stuck in a range or a test of support or resistance holds. We actually have a case of both going on right now. I’ll start with support holding […]

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