In An Unrigged World: Here's How A Record S&P Close Was Manufactured

Judging by the action today, all that mattered today was 2117.39 - that is the S&P 500's previous closing record high from March 2nd. One glimpse at the charts below and the VIX-slamming is evident (especially at the close) as each time it came close to losing the record high, a miraculous deep-pocketd volatility-seller stepped in...

Look at the open in VIX too!

 

Unrigged... and unspoofed

 

 

Welcome to the new normal.