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VIX Daily Update: Fear Index Drifts Lower as Stocks Recover

CBOE VIX Volatility Index traded within a narrow range on Thursday.

The CBOE VIX (VXX) held within a tight range on Thursday, as stocks broke to the upside in the final hour of trading.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, traded between 32.09 and 36.93 on a scale of 1-100 where 20 represents the historic average. The so-called “fear index” settled down 3.3% at 32.71.

In stocks, the large-cap S&P 500 Index (SPY) rose 1.1% 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 declined 4%.  

ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures (SVXY) to track the inverse daily performance of the S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index. SVXY advanced 2%. 

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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 declined 6%. 

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 declined 6.8%. 

The Final Word: Investors continue to eye the global spread of COVID-19. As of Friday, more than 9.5 million people had been infected with the novel disease, including 2.4 million in the United States.