CBOE VIX Volatility Index edged higher on Thursday.
The CBOE VIX (VXX) edged higher on Thursday, as stocks tumbled in the wake of dismal jobless claims numbers.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VXX), commonly known as the VIX, touched an intraday high of 30.20 on a scale of 1-100 where 20 represents the historic average. The so-called “investor fear index” would eventually settle up 3.6% at 29.00.
In stocks, the large-cap S&P 500 Index (SPY) declined 0.8% on Thursday.
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN: (NYSEARCA:VXX) Designed to offer exposure to the S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index Total Return. The Index uses CBOE Volatility Index futures by way of a long position in the first and second month VIX Futures contracts. VXX advanced 2.9%.
ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures (SVXY) to track the inverse daily performance of the S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index. SVXY declined 1.2%.
ProShares Ultra Short Term VIX Futures: (UVXY) UVXY is designed to deliver 1.5X (leveraged) returns of the day’s moves in the S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index. It tacks the two front months of the futures contract. UVXY advanced 3.8%.
VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term Futures ETN (TVIX) TVIX is a leveraged VIX ETN that tracks an index of futures contracts on the VIX Short-Term Futures Index. It provides 200% leverage on the volatility moves. TVIX advanced 2.7%.
The Final Word: Investors continue to eye the global spread of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, more than 5 million people had been infected with the novel disease, including nearly 1.6 million in the United States.