Yesterdays inflation numbers helped lift the Nasdaq to yet another all time record high. The move was short lived, as prices rolled over and finished the session near the lows of the day.
How quickly things change. After two years of unprecedented and relentless upside action, the month of February has brought a swift correction leaving market participants with a lot more questions than they had just two weeks ago. Has this market finally topped? When will the selling stop?
$VXX fell over $121,000 the last 9 years, a relentless move to the downside that continued unabated until last week. Yesterday after falling a mere $10 $VXX was halted. Go figure.
It is pretty ironic. Even more ironic is that $VXX is supposed to give traders exposure to volatility, yet with volatility at a premium yesterday $VXX was halted. Does that make any sense? About as much sense as halting $VXX during the last $10 of a $121,000 price collapse. I've covered $VXX countless times before. I've even mused 6 years ago that the $VXX and volatility are being killed by the powers that be, to create a market calm designed to re-inflate asset prices. And that plan worked to perfection... until this week.