Week In Review

By Craig Bewick
JUL 16 2021

As we move through the mid-point in July, US Equity prices fell to end the week while volatility edged higher.  This morning saw the release of two economic numbers as the Retail Sales report came in stronger than expected while the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index indicated declining consumer sentiment.  Notable in the consumer sentiment report was an increase in inflation expectations.  Let’s take a look at the weekly price and volatility net changes. 

  • US Equities, after some back and forth action, wound up little changed on the week while volatility in the options markets increased
  • WTI Crude Oil prices declined by about 4%
  • Soybean prices rose, Corn prices fell, Soybean volatility rose and Corn volatility fell

As always, we hope all of our In FOCUS readers have a happy and safe summer weekend and we’ll see everyone on Monday. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Craig Bewick has spent 25 years in futures and options markets, starting at CBOT and CME working in risk management, regulatory, technology, product management and client development. 

Connect with Craig at activetrader@cmegroup.com

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