VIX falls back under 20; futures follow
Chris McKhann | email@example.com
The CBOE Volatility Index ended yesterday back below the 20 level.
The volatility index ended the day at 19.72, down 0.66 points, or 3.24 percent. The S&P 500 gained 6.27 points to settle at 1319.99, coming off its highs in the last hour. The two indexes typically move inversely.
The VIX futures followed the spot volatility index. The July futures were down 0.75 points, or 3.34 percent, to 21.70 as the August futures fell 0.6 points to 23.65.
The VIX options traded 206,000 contracts, including 125,000 calls. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) saw more than 83,000 contracts change hands, with calls slightly outpacing puts.
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March 3, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says today's action in the VIX pits indicates that traders are positioning for volatility to rise in the near term.
Videocast: Traders see floor in VIX
March 2, 2015
Group One's Jamie Tyrrell says traders are selling March VIX puts, apparently believing that further downside potential in the volatility index is limited.
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February 27, 2015
Group One's Mike Palmer explains the strategy behind a VIX "cash spread" as traders cover positions going into the weekend.
Videocast: Futures see higher VIX
February 26, 2015
Although the spot volatility index remains below 14, Group One's Dominic Savino says the March VIX futures are targeting the 16 level.
Videocast: Low short-term volatility
February 25, 2015
Although a big player is buying VIX March 23 calls, Group One's Mike Palmer says the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) settled today near 11.