VIX slips as equity indexes bounce
Chris McKhann | firstname.lastname@example.org
The major equity indexes all posted gains but finished yesterday off their best levels of the session. The CBOE Volatility Index declined, but its futures closed higher.
The S&P 500 picked up 4.48 points to close at 1634.96. It climbed above 1641 midday but lost ground in the final hour. It has resistance at 1680 and support at 1600.
The Nasdaq 100 was up 12.60 points to 3072.17. It followed a similar path as the SPX and found resistance at 3085. It has further resistance at 3149 and support at 3030.
The Russell 2000 gained 3.01 points to finish at 1016.50. It again found some support at 1013. The next level below that is 1000, and there is resistance at 1055.
The VIX fell 0.28 points, or 1.67 percent, to 16.49. It had jumped above 17 in the first minutes of the session, then fell as low as 16.10 in midday trading. It remains at a premium to the actual volatility of the S&P 500, but to a decreasing degree, as the 10-day historical volatility is now up to 12.7 percent.
The VIX futures were higher. The September contracts were up 0.15 points to close at 17.35. The October futures gained 0.05 points to close at 17.95. Interestingly, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (VXX) was down 0.3 percent to $16.48.
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