· The S&P 500 Index is up 1% for the fourth straight day, potentially making this week the best since April. Ballot counting continues in four states, leaving the results of the U.S. presidential election unclear.
· All sectors appear to be in the positive today, although real estate and healthcare are near flat in today’s session. Gold is near a six-week high, copper is advancing and the dollar is declining as markets wait to hear from Federal Reserve Chair Powell.
· The VIX Index is below 30 and the VIX futures curve shows all expirations trading below 30. December is the new peak of the curve, trading at 28.83.
· 1.1 million VIX options contracts were traded yesterday, the most traded in one day since June 12. Volume today is centralized in the November and December contract expirations.
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