VIX pops with stocks range-bound

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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.

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