Financial Markets/Options Exchanges

[Market Close] Stocks log biggest weekly gain of 2014, Nasdaq ends at 13.5-year high: Friday)(CNBC??@CNBC)?
Recap: Stocks close higher; DJIA, S&P 500 notch their biggest weekly gains of the year. Markets??@WSJmarkets)
[Market Close] Stocks rally on Yellen; best day for S&P 500 in more than a year: Monday) (CNBC??@CNBC)??
Dow Jones Industrial Average posts its biggest one-day point gain since Dec 18; Nasdaq turns positive on the year: Monday) (WSJ Markets??@WSJmarkets)??
The VIX pit is about LaSalle St’s busiest these days. Sigh. (Via: @GaryCompton) Wednesday) (PitTrading101??@PitTrading101)??

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Behind the scenes: our own Kapil Rathi recording an episode of #Trade #Tech Talk in our studio with @Options Holdings??@ISEexchange)

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CBOE Products & News: $VXST Short-Term Volatility Index futures now trading, watch the video @CBOE $VIX?(on Thursday)(CBOE TV??@CBOE_TV)

What a difference a week makes: Bullish sentiment rises as S&P 500 jumps 5.1% since Feb. 3. #MorningMoneyBeat?(on Friday)(WSJ MoneyBeat??@WSJMoneyBeat)??

40% of trades from NYSE & ARCA issues were reported 20 minute late. Outage at Trade Reporting Facility Friday)(Eric Scott Hunsader??@nanexllc)??

Options News Rundown 2-14-14: CME to Cut its Board of Directors Options Insider??@Options)


Bunge CEO Schroder says no reason 2014 can’t be a ‘record year’ in agribusiness; Brazilian #soybean crop definitely will be a record $BG?(Jacob Bunge??@jacobbunge)??

Economic News

#Yellen: we are building a more resilient financial system and substantially mitigating the odds of another financial crisis and?#Yellen‘s response: the Fed’s focus must be on promoting a stronger recovery, which will create jobs, rebuild wealth, and generate income. (on Monday)(TheStreet??@TheStreet)?

“Social justice demands a minimum wage of more than $20 an hour. Economics won?t allow for one much higher than $10.”

Gold just touched $1,300 for the first time since November 8. (via @HumOnTheMarkets)(on Thursday)(CNBC Newsroom??@CNBCnow)??

The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment is 81.2 for the mid-Feb reading, up from Jan mid-month & unchanged from final Jan.(Nadex??@Nadex_US)??

Gold is now on an eight-day win streak — its first since August 2012! (on Friday)(CNBC Futures Now??@CNBCFuturesNow)??

This and That

At $50,000,000,000, #Sochi2014 is the most expensive games in history: (via @MCWellons, h/t @NowThisNews)(Sports Biz??@CNBCSportsBiz)??

Interesting development of the day: Google has narrowly outpaced Exxon in market cap, making it 2nd most valuable U.S. company. $GOOG $XOM?(on Monday)(Options Action??@CNBCOptions)??
Bullish on bacon, always — Bacon sales sizzle to all-time high Finance??@YahooFinance)??

Corzine fails to win dismissal of MF Global customers’ lawsuit Saphir??@annsaphir)??

In 2086, four years of college will cost approximately $725,000. Gura??@davidgura)??

Apple (AAPL) To Announce New Apple TV in April: Report

Yankees’ ticket prices skyrocket on news that Derek Jeter will retire after 2014 season: (via @CNBCMolon)(Sports Biz??@CNBCSportsBiz)??

Celebrating 50 years of #Fitness: @SI_Swimsuit models close the markets. #NYSEBell NYSE Euronext??@NYSEEuronext)??

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7,400 flights were cancelled yesterday, making it the worst single day of travel this year ? Thursday)(CNBC??@CNBC)??

Facebook hits a fresh all-time high, up 23% in 2014, after gaining 105% last year ? (h/t @GiovannyMoreano) $FB?(on Friday)(CNBC??@CNBC)??

All told, @NRFnews expects the average person to spend $133 this Valentine?s day, up from $130. by @svaneksmith?(Marketplace??@MarketplaceAPM)