|Day's range||12.18 - 12.92|
|52-week range||8.56 - 50.30|
Stephen Diggle, who co-founded a hedge fund that made $2.7 billion on volatility wagers during the global financial crisis, isn’t betting on similar fluctuations now even as central banks begin to roll back years of extraordinary stimulus. Governments and central banks worldwide now see themselves as “guardians of the capital markets” and will always be ready to provide liquidity to prevent a repeat of the unprecedented price swings a decade ago, said Diggle, the chief executive officer of family office Vulpes Investment Management. “Generally we’ll have less super liquidity in future, so I expect generally slightly more volatility,” said Diggle, who is based in Singapore.
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The CBOE VIX uses the S&P 500 Index (SPX) options to capture the expected volatility for the next 30 days. The VIX is a great tool to determine the overall market sentiment and can be used as a tradable instrument.
At the same time, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, has fallen steadily to levels last seen just before the plunge despite the rise in global trade tensions, political unrest and major central banks talking about joining the Federal Reserve in cutting back on extraordinary stimulus measures. At about 16 times earnings estimates for 2019, the S&P 500 is cheaper now than in late January despite profit forecasts rising to about $178 a share from $161 then.
The S&P 500 closed at a 5.5-month high price level on Wednesday and clocked the second consecutive daily gain. On Thursday, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. The release of stronger-than-expected earnings reports boosted the S&P 500 on Wednesday.
Payment processing companies like Mastercard Incorporated (MA) and Visa Inc. (V) expect to see a hit in their payment volumes moving forward. Consumer confidence is expected to be impacted by trade tensions.
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.
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.