Equities rally through resistance
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
Equity indexes surged yesterday, breaking through key resistance levels. The CBOE Volatility Index climbed with the S&P 500 for the final 90 minutes of trade but still finished lower.
The S&P 500 gained 16.54 points, or 1 percent, to close just off its session high at 1671.71. It has resistance at 1680 and support at 1627.
The Nasdaq 100 rose 36.55 points, or 1.17 percent, to a new 13-year closing high of 3169.93. It now has support at 3055. (When equity indexes are at highs, further resistance levels are obviously projections not based on previous trading patterns, so I will refrain from listing them.)
The Russell 2000 was up 16.53 points, or 1.61 percent, to finish at session high of 1046.08. It has resistance at the August high of 1063 and support at 1000.
The VIX was down 0.22 points, or 1.39 percent, to 15.63. It declined inversely to the SPX's rise until the last two hours, when the VIX bounced off 15.22 and then climbed from there.
The VIX futures were down even more. The September and October contracts both fell 0.70 points, to 15.80 and 16.80 respectively. This had the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) down 3.72 percent to $15.52.
Video: What the VIX 'curve' shows
September 2, 2015
The CBOE's Russell Rhoads says nearer-term VIX futures are above the later contracts in what's known as "backwardation," indicating that higher volatility may not end right away.
Video: What VIX pits are seeing
September 1, 2015
Traders were buying VIX calls above the 40 level early in the session, but Group One's Mike Palmer says that activity quickly pulled back.
Video: Whipsaw moves in the VIX
August 31, 2015
Group One's Mike Palmer explains why the volatililty index saw broad swings right before and after the weekend. Traders are now focused on today's close.
Videocast: Volatility in September?
August 20, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says traders are buying next month's calls on the volatility index, bracing against a pullback in the S&P 500.
Videocast: VIX draws September buyers
August 19, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says large electronic buy programs are snapping up crash protection in the volatility index.