Stocks close lower despite late rally
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
Equity indexes came off well their lows but still finished down yesterday, as did the CBOE Volatility Index.
The S&P 500 fell 9.04 points to close at 1631.38. It spent the first hour or so in positive territory, then traded as low as 1623.62. It climbed into the close, regaining much of its lost territory. It has support at 1623 and resistance at 1670.
The Nasdaq 100 lost 17.09 points to end the session at 2973.69. It followed the same pattern as the SDX, but the NDX's close was its lowest since May 9. It has support at 2950 and resistance at 3027.
The Russell 2000 gave up 8.56 points to finish at 981.97. It has support at 973 and resistance at 1000.
The VIX slipped 0.01 points to close at 16.27. The volatility index opened the day by breaking below 16, then climbed back above 17 before falling in the last couple of hours.
The VIX futures, however, kept their gains. The June contracts were up 0.10 points to 16.10, and the July futures rose 0.05 points to 17.05. This had the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) up 1.2 percent to $19.34.
Video: Huge June VIX call buy
May 22, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says one large player purchased 140,000 July 18 calls in the VIX, adding to heavy upside buying earlier in the week.
Video: Heavy June VIX call action
May 21, 2015
A day after the May VIX contracts settled at 12.80, Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says 250,000 June calls changed hands.
Video: VIX June 17-18 call action
May 20, 2015
Following this morning's May contract settlement, Group One's Dominic Savino says traders are now targeting the VIX June 17 and 18 calls.
Video: VIX going into expiration
May 19, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says traders are expecting a quiet May settlement tomorrow morning but are active in the June contracts.
Video: Low premium in May VIX
May 18, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says VIX options are showing little premium levels ahead of the May settlement on Wednesday morning.