Volatility is Actually Rising for the First Time in a Month

vixOn the eve of the four most important earnings reports of the year, volatility is beginning to show signs of coming back to life.

The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSE:VXX) was up $0.25 (+2.19%) to $11.44 per share in late Monday morning trading.

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The VXX, which tracks the so-called “fear index,” had been left for dead recently, hitting an all-time low just a week ago. Such a prolonged slump actually had us wondering whether we’d ever see volatility rise again.

Well today is bringing us a nice-sized spike, just days before the four most heavily-owned stocks are set to report earnings. It could be just a coincidence, but it’s certainly worth monitoring as the week progresses.

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