Is VIX Going the Wrong Way Again?

Yo Pit Crazies,


Sometimes I wonder if the Cboe Volatility Index (Ticker: VIX) watches the S&P 500 (Ticker: SPX)


The SPX was down two points Tuesday and VIX was up a full point to just 17.90.


The “fear index” got close to Zone 3!


Oh my gosh, hide the kids! It’s to be Armageddon … or maybe not. 


For reference, there are four Vix Zones.


      • Zone 1 9-12
      • Zone 2 13-17
      • Zone 3 18-23
      • Zone 4 24 and above

Five-day VIX chart with one-minute candles.


Note that VIX traded well into Zone 2 on Friday … only to pop a bit into the close and dance around Zone 3, above 18. 


I’m bringing this up because it’s important when we change zones. That usually means a change in sentiment.


We’re at 17.5 of this writing on Wednesday afternoon, and we’ll see where we go into the close.


I should note that Tuesday also factored in Weekend Effect, since there was the three- Memorial Day weekend.  If you want more on the math behind it click here


Ultimately, we’ve seen a  little weekend and a little nerves. I won’t look for a lower SPX until we really spike above 18 and hold that level.


The Lesson: VIX Zones are great ways to gauge market sentiment and initiate trades. Check out our Edge Hunter system for help with that.


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Frank is cueing up Bitcoin and he likes the PowerMoves from the US Gov that regulation is more bullish than not.  I am looking at Coinbase Inc. (COIN) as a potential upside play.  Stay tuned for a Thursday trade!


      • Ford Motor Co. (Ticker: F) pulled back a bit, and we will take the money if we don’t see a rally this week.
      • General Electric (GE) is a play on green energy. We own two GE Sept. 17 14-strike calls for a credit.
      • Cleveland-Cliffs (Ticker: CLF) broke out and way above the strike in my spread so I took the $100 gain and bought a midterm call, one CLF July 16 21-strike call for $1.61.  Looking for a double in this call to close.
      • Our Vale S.A. (Ticker: VALE) position is back to even with five VALE June 18 22-strike calls that we own. We sold all the puts in here for a 100% return per put.  The calls are trading $.83, but unless we get a blast-off and the calls are well in the money, I am in repair mode and will close them for a scratch.
      • We own four Taiwan Semiconductor (Ticker: TSM) June 18 120-strike calls for $3.10 and one TSM June 18 100-strike put for $1.95, and have taken in $470 against them via TSM calls we sold and QQQ put spreads we closed. I started to close the June18 120-strike calls at $2.25, selling one, since that is my break even area. There’s too much up-and-down for long calls this close to expiration.
      • Palantir (Ticker: PLTR) stock briefly hit $24.75 last week as meme stocks got hot again.  I am back to even on the positions, and if I get a move above $25 I will take the win and move on since this position is in repair mode. It’s at $24.48 as of this writing.

To Your Trading Success,



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