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What XLU’s Implied Volatility Trends Suggest

Vincent Kruger
What XLU’s Implied Volatility Trends Suggest

On October 5, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) witnessed an implied volatility of 22%—way higher than its 15-day average of 14%. Recently, the SPDR S&P 500’s implied volatility was beyond 11%. The implied volatility represents investors’ anxiety. An increase in the volatility is usually related to a fall in stock prices.