|Bid||37.00 x 300|
|Ask||37.01 x 700|
|Day's Range||36.93 - 37.24|
|52 Week Range||36.93 - 153.00|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.99%|
Volatility owners might be having a no-good, very bad year, but the tide could be turning. Investors and strategists have attempted to explain the persistence of historically low volatility by pointing to the popularity of vol strategies and general oversupply, but Fundstrat Global Advisors' Sam Doctor begs to differ. "We have examined the core drivers of index volatility and believe the underlying structure suggests the exact opposite," wrote Doctor in a report published today.
As boring as it is to watch the market ascend to new heights every other day, tracking the CBOE Volatility Index or the VIX as it bops around at sub-10 levels is likely driving vol owners insane. Wednesday's biggest flops -- iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (VIXY) -- didn't even flop all that much.
With the market inching up and making new highs -- the S&P 500 logged its 26th record close on Tuesday -- it's little wonder that the CBOE Volatility Index has remained depressed. A lack of volatility hasn't been great for ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (VIXY) and iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (VXX). The VIX is now hanging out at the 9 level, but don't mistake low volatility with investor complacency, says Brian Reynolds, Canaccord Genuity analyst.