VIX’s Important Test

Futures are up sharply on a better than expected jobs report: up 4.8 million, and the unemployment rate dropping to 11.1%. Initial claims came in at 1.43 million, with continuing claims rising slightly to 19.3 million.

The direction didn’t surprise anyone, but the numbers surprised most. The reopening of most of the country over the past month has produced the desired results. It remains to be seen whether the spike in coronavirus cases in half the country will put a dent in the trend.

Back on June 12 [see: Is it Safe?], we alerted members to a development in VIX, which had recently broken out of a falling channel from March and was nearing a 10/20 cross.

It’s tough to see on the chart above, but VIX’s SMA10 was just about to cross above its SMA20 – a bullish sign for VIX and bearish one for stocks. If VIX is hammered today, the bullish cross can be avoided. If stocks’ meltup is to resume, we could still see VIX backtest its broken white channel or the yellow trend line off the 2018 lows which is nearing the SMA200 currently at 24.89.

As it turned out, that’s exactly what happened. After the jobs numbers this morning, VIX tumbled to tag its SMA200 and the yellow trend line from the 2018 lows. This completes a 42% drop which produced a 200-pt (6.7%) rise in SPX.The big question, of course, is whether this important support will hold.

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