HomeEconomic IndicatorUS options traders anxious, monitoring bond market activity amid heightened volatility and...

US options traders anxious, monitoring bond market activity amid heightened volatility and uncertainty.

US Options Traders on Edge Amidst Bond Market Moves

Concerns over Middle East Tensions Persist

U.S. equity options traders continue to remain on edge, with their focus primarily on U.S. Treasuries, even as tensions in the Middle East persist. The recent rise in the Cboe Volatility Index reflects this unease, as it stands at 17.46, just shy of the recent high of 20.78. With approximately 11 million open call options, investors are taking precautions against potential stock market volatility.

Treasury Yields as the Main Driver for U.S. Equities

While the conflict between Israel and Hamas has sparked demand for safe-haven assets like gold and the U.S. dollar, the main driver for U.S. equities remains Treasury yields. Analysts suggest that investors’ primary concern lies with the Federal Reserve’s actions and their impact on stock prices. Despite rising geopolitical tensions, Wall Street’s main indexes fell as Treasury yields rose, fueled by stronger-than-expected U.S. retail sales data.

- Advertisement -

Uncertainty Prevails in the Option Market

The option market reflects investors’ uncertainty regarding the performance of stocks for the rest of the year. The activity in call options has slowed, resulting in a balance with put options. Brian Reynolds, chief market strategist at Reynolds Strategy LLC, suggests that this lack of clarity may lead to short-term stock market choppiness. He advises selling overheated stock market sectors and accumulating oversold sectors with improving momentum.

Focus on Bond Market for Stock Investors

Stock investors are more likely to take their cues from the bond market. Despite the ongoing Israeli situation, the global economic impact remains uncertain. Tallbacken Capital CEO Michael Purves emphasizes that the markets are generally resilient to geopolitical events. Therefore, stock investors are likely to pay closer attention to the bond market’s movements.


  • U.S. equity options traders are closely monitoring U.S. Treasuries amidst ongoing Middle East tensions.
  • Treasury yields continue to be the main driver for U.S. equities, overshadowing geopolitical events.
  • Uncertainty prevails in the option market, with call options activity slowing down.
  • Stock investors are more inclined to follow the bond market for cues rather than geopolitical events.

Must Read