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U.S. stocks eked out modest gains Wednesday, but the real news may be the lack of price swings across developed-market assets recently. Front-month futures tied to the CBOE Volatility Index closed Tuesday at the lowest since before the record explosion in U.S. equity price swings back in February. Treasury-market implied volatility is moving back toward record lows, a testament to stable expectations about the near-term outlook for the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, a Deutsche Bank index of estimated developed-world currency swings sits nearly one standard deviation below its 12-month average. “Markets appear rather complacent in the face of the trade tensions, so caution is warranted on directional trades at this point,” Kit Juckes, a Societe Generale strategist, wrote in a note.
After gaining for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a mixed note by losing momentum on Monday. Carrying forward the weakness, the S&P 500 opened lower on July 17. However, the S&P 500 regained strength as the day progressed and closed at 5.5-month high price levels.
The S&P 500 closed at 5.5-month high price levels last week and clocked the second consecutive weekly gain. The S&P 500 opened slightly higher on Monday and traded with mixed sentiment throughout the day. On July 16, eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower.
U.S. stocks rose slightly on Friday, putting the S&P 500 at its highest closing level in more than five months, as gains in industrials and other areas offset a drop in financials after results from three of the big banks mostly disappointed. The industrial sector gained 0.6 percent, with Boeing Co, Caterpillar Inc and 3M Co all rose in the absence of any trade rhetoric overnight.
Monthly Summary The IMX increased for the second month in a row, increasing 0.39 or 7.16 percent to 5.45 during the period. TD Ameritrade clients appeared to use volatility during the June IMX period to ...
There’s both good news and bad news for those who watch how U.S. stock-market investors are feeling about the current state of the equity market.
Wall Street's so-called fear index has been receding in the past week, even as tensions around trade between the U.S. and its counterparts across the globe have been escalating. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) which reflects bearish and bullish bets on the S&P 500 index (SPX) on Friday was down by almost 15% thus far this week and is hovering around 13.73, well below its historical average between 19 and 20 and implying that worries about trade clashes eventually doing harm to markets and the global economy are ebbing. A weekly slump for the VIX would also represent its first such slide after to straight weeks of gains of at least 14%.
The S&P 500 pulled back on Tuesday and broke the three-day gaining streak. US markets were closed on July 4 for Independence Day. However, US markets regained strength on Thursday. The S&P 500 opened higher on July 5 and closed the day at two-week high price levels. On Thursday, ten out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the IT and consumer staples sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the energy sector limited the market’s gains.
After declining for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note and opened higher on Tuesday. However, the market lost strength as the day progressed and closed lower. On July 3, five out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the IT and financials sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the telecom services and energy sectors limited the market’s losses.
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