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THE WEEK AHEAD -- FOMC, FOMC, FOMC; LONG VIX; OIL; EARNINGS

FX:USOIL   Crude Oil (WTI)
Here's what I'm looking at for next week:

VIX/VIX PRODUCTS. VIX             finished last week at 16.50. I will look at VIX/VIX product setups early next week depending how the "horse does at the gate" (Monday). If we see a tight range in the S&P             like we did pre-Draghi in prepation for FOMC , VIX             could drift go a little lower Monday through Wednesday, in which case I will want to use VIX             , VIX             , or UVXY             to go "long volatility."

Index ETF's. There is little sense in selling April expiry premium here in broader index instruments with VIX             the way it is. Brazil, oil/gas, and the gold             space continue to have the volatility, but I'm already in all of the underlyings that have any juice in their options that are at 70+ implied volatility rank ( UNG             (covered call), EWZ             (iron fly), GDXJ             (short strangle), RIG (short strangle), GLD             (credit spread), and XOP             (short strangle) in those sectors.

If you look at SPY             implied volatility month-to-month, it doesn't approach something "regular" until the June expiry (19.9%), so I may look to set up some small premium selling play in the June expiry on the possibility that low volatility sticks around for a period of time and to have something in the queue for that event. Trying to sell 45 DTE             premium in the index ETF's in a period like we had last year between mid-March and late August was a total slog ... .

Oil. The 2016 high was set on 1/4 at 35.36 in USOIL             . it tested the underside of that level Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week and broke through it by a whopping .20 cents on Friday, so who knows whether that'll hold. If oil             caves, the S&P             will follow hard (the S&P             currently has a .93 correlation with USOIL             ). However, oil             has a tendency to enter fairly lengthy consolidative periods before moving directionally forward, so be prepared for oil             to taunt you with both suggestions that it's going to break significantly higher and indications that it's going to totally implode ... .

If you're into trading spot forex , watch oil's effect on the petro currency USDCAD             . The Loonie may get a double whammy from a cave in oil             plus Fed tightening/dovish-hawkishness. The Loonie's entire strength profile from 2/11 is largely on the back of oil             .

EURUSD. This is the strong/weak pair to watch post-Draghi and running up into FOMC . For me, this is not a pair I would mess around with "playing in the middle" between 1.08 and 1.10. As I did last year, I would wait for it to hit 1.14 and then go short if it's inclined to react to the upside on whatever FOMC says; otherwise, stay out. The fundamentals on this pair should be telling everyone to only short on strength (ECB easing; Fed tightening), as attempting to play the 200 pips between 1.08 and 1.10 has been and is likely to continue to be somewhat discouraging as it looks to find its footing in the larger range between 1.14 and near parity.

EARNINGS. Although the earnings season has been described as "over" for this quarter, there are a few issues that are still due to report that might be worth playing, assuming that the volatility is there: ORCL             (Tuesday, after close), FDX             (Wednesday after close), and ADBE             (Thursday, after market close). As it stands right now, none of those meet my implied volatility rank rules (70th percentile plus), with all three of those having percentiles hovering around 50, but naturally that might change running up into the actual announcement.
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