Bearish Volatility Divergence Precedes Break From Historically Narrow Equity Trading Range

For the last 3 week U.S. equities have traded in a historically extreme narrow trading range; heading into today’s session the S&P 500 had spent the last 13 trading sessions trapped within a .74% trading range. Today the tightest trading range in more than 20 years is resolving to the downside:


SPY (Daily)


Notice how implied volatility (VIX at bottom of chart) began to turn upward a couple days before today’s downside breakdown in the S&P. If the breakdown holds or accelerates to the downside into the close the minimum initial downside target is the rising 50-day simple moving average which happens to coincide with previous resistance near $211.

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