VIX

Global Markets Rise on Investor Confidence

The new year rally in global markets showed few signs of abating Monday ahead of a speech on monetary policy from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. A number of stock indexes around the world have hit multi-year highs as a key measure of volatility, the so-called VIX index, has fallen to a five-year low.

The Least Loved Day is Also the Market's Worst

Monday is the only day the stock market is more likely to fall than to rise. The Dow Jones industrial average has been down 10 of the past 11 Mondays. And the two worst days in market history are both known as Black Monday.

Is Safe Investing Possible? How to Manage Market Volatility

With all the volatility in the stock market today, some individual investors are wondering if they should be more active with a portion of their portfolio, or back away from equities entirely. But if you bail out of stocks, where can you find decent returns? DailyFinance's Laura Rowley talks with Stuart Ritter, financial planner with T. Rowe Price.

This 'Fear Trade' Could Bring You 87% Gains

Fear is in the air on Wall Street. Unemployment is high, housing sales are sluggish and the dollar is weak. Now, to add insult to injury, Standard & Poor's has lowered its U.S. debt outlook to negative, putting the nation's AAA credit rating at risk. Fortunately, smart traders can benefit from these worries.

Stocks Plunge and Oil Spikes
on Libya Turmoil

The Dow suffered a steep triple-digit loss Tuesday as turmoil in Libya ignited a global sell-off in stocks. Oil prices rose sharply, as did safe-haven assets such as Treasurys and the dollar. Disappointing news from Walmart didn't help matters.

Lower Volatility Might Not Signal a Market Correction

The CBOE's Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, has been trending lower, which many analysts consider a sign that that stocks are due for a fall. But another argument says it's all relative, and in today's environment it may suggest a continuing rally.

Another January Swoon for Stocks, as in 2010?

After a good last January, equities tanked and didn't turn positive for the year until its last few months. If 2011 really is shaping up to be a reprise of 2010, the market is poised for a fall, according to Jeffrey Saut, chief market strategist at Raymond James.

Technical Market Analysis Warns: Mind the Gaps

Financial markets are becoming increasingly schizophrenic, ruled by erratic ups and downs. It's at times like these when technical analysis can help investors manage the emotional roller coaster, which is why for chart watchers, the catchphrase of the next few months could be "mind the gaps."

Signs That the Market Is Ready to Roll Over

The U.S. stock market has been on a tear since Sept. 1, but technical caution flags are now appearing in the charts. A close look at action in the VIX, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and financials reveal that the tide may be about to start going out.

With Stocks at Key Technical Level, What's Next?

Having hit 1,150 on Friday, the S&P 500 is now at a crossroad: Will it fall back, or continue marching up to the next technical target around 1,200? No one chart can say for sure, but here are some points to be aware of -- and to watch in coming days.

Reading the VIX: What the 'Fear Index' Is Saying Now

After spiking in May on dismay over Eurozone debt anxiety, the VIX has been trending generally downward, with any jumps being only short-lived. Another jump just occurred. The thing to watch now is if the VIX follows this recent pattern -- or not.

Does Heightened Volatility Mean the End of the Stock Rally?

Gains in the VIX Volatility Index are an expression of investor unease. Two weeks ago, its movements suggested stocks had peaked, and the Dow followed with sharp losses. The VIX also holds clues to whether stocks have now entered a long-term downtrend.

Is the VIX Signaling the End of the Bull Market?

Is the market pullback that began on April 26 and accelerated wildly with Thursday's 1,000-point free-fall and recovery just part of a normal bull market correction, or is it confirmation that a bear market has begun? The VIX may have the answer.

Five Steady Picks for a Newly Volatile Market

Uh oh. The stock market's big swings last week pushed up the S&P VIX -- the "investor fear gauge" -- by 30%. In such times, stocks with low beta (less volatile than the S&P 500 average), above-par performance and compelling valuations can be the ticket. Here are some to consider.

As Fear Returns, Can Dow 10,000 Hold?

If Dow 10,000 really is a key psychological level, then traders best call their shrinks. The major averages, already on a four-week losing streak, face anxiety over the Euroland debt debacles and waning earnings momentum. In other words, brace yourself for Dow 9,000 and change.