Stock volatility eases, but too late for some

A driver looks at the price as he fills the tank of his car at a gas station in Shanghai, China November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

Stock industry volatility eased Wednesday, turning a panicky sector into a just jittery one.

The easing came also late for buyers who had bet on exchange-traded notes (ETNs) that spend out all through placid intervals.

Early on Tuesday, the Cboe Volatility Index, called the VIX, spiked to about fifty with the to start with time since August 2015 prior to dropping on Wednesday to 27.seventy three.

Some buyers ended up worn out, and Credit history Suisse shut down its inverse volatility ETN.

Primarily based on the array of S&P 500 Index options, the VIX is used as a proxy for market place risk and is sometimes often called a “fear gauge” for traders.

Overnight, U.S. equity futures traded little changed.. S&P 500 Index futures ended up lower by 9 points, or 0.34%, to 2,659 on Thursday, while those on the Dow Jones industrial average ended up down 13 points, or 0.05% to 24,720.

In Asian markets, China’s stock indexes hit six-week lows and have been set for their third session of losses in a row. In midday trading, the Shanghai Composite index was down 49.56 points or 1.5 percent at 3,259.70.

Japan’s Nikkei ended up 1.1 percent at 21,890.86 points, but is still down nearly 6 percent this week.

U.S. crude oil prices fell after U.S. data showed an increase in inventories, last traded at $61.60 a barrel. That was down 19 cents, or 0.3 percent, from the last settlement.

Stocks fell Wednesday as investors continued weighing the impact of rising interest rates.

The S&P 500 lost 13 points, or 0.5%, to 2,681. The Dow dropped 19 points, or 0.08%, to 24,893. The Nasdaq Composite was down 63 points, or 0.9%, at 7,051.

The Dow tumbled a record 1,175 points on Monday as stronger wage growth added to concern that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at a faster-than-expected clip to control inflation.

Low interest rates, which encourage consumers and businesses to borrow money, contributed to the stock market’s record-breaking run, with the Dow soaring in January past 26,000 to the to start with time.

While higher volatility proved devastating to the inverse ETN traders, it represented an opportunity to others.

“We thought 2017 would offer at least a person opportunity to take advantage of a 7% or 8% correction, but it never materialized because the current market kept grinding higher throughout the year,” Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, wrote in a research note to clients. “Now we have an opportunity,”

In corporate news, Walt Disney (DIS) shares fell 1.33% Wednesday after reporting revenue that missed expectations.