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A Spike In Volatility Is Inevitable Once Correlations Align, And Few Are Prepared For It

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Jul 01, 2024 - 03:55 PM

By Carly Wanna, Bloomberg markets live reporter and strategist

Shares of the largest US companies are moving wildly out of sync, creating a sense of calm in the S&P 500 Index not seen in years. But it’s a different story when it comes to the rest of the market.

While a Cboe gauge of implied correlation for the 50 largest S&P 500 stocks has recently hit a record low, the equity index’s equal-weighted counterpart is close to the 64th percentile relative to the past year, according to an analysis from Susquehanna International Group. That dynamic signals that even though the big names are trading more independently, investors see the others moving much more in tandem.

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