VIX Daily Update: Fear Index Spikes Towards 20

The CBOE VIX Volatility Index rebounded sharply on Thursday.

The CBOE VIX (VXX) rebounded sharply on Thursday, as U.S. equities declined on rate-hike jitters. 

The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, reached an intraday high of 19.90 on a scale of 1-100, where 20 represents the historical average. It would eventually settle up 7.5% at 18.84.

In stocks, the large-cap S&P 500 Index (SPY) declined 0.9% 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 6.4%. 

ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures (SVXY) to track the inverse daily performance of the S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Index. SVXY declined 3.2%.

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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. UVX advanced 9.3%.

The Final Word: A capital gains hike appears to be on the cards for the Biden administration. In this environment, investors can expect a return to volatile trading conditions in the short term.