VIX pops with stocks range-bound
David Russell | email@example.com
Stocks remained in a tight range yesterday, but the CBOE Volatility Index closed near its highs.
The S&P 500 slipped 0.02 percent to 1841.47, fluctuating less than 4 points in the entire session. Support is at 1810, which was resistance before the benchmark index's recent breakout.
The Nasdaq 100 declined 0.11 percent to 3570.08. Support remains at 3515.
The Russell 2000 was down 0.04 percent to 1160.59. The small-cap index has support at 1132.
(When equity indexes are at highs, further resistance levels are obviously projections not based on previous trading patterns. We therefore will refrain from listing any.)
The CBOE Volatility Index, which usually moves in the opposite direction of the S&P 500, rose 8.83 percent to 13.56. It was the highest close since Dec. 20.
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.