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Is this why the VIX has now made 33 consecutive new lows for the 100 day SMA? Perhaps it is not so much complacency that has set in as mass desensitization.
Back to bird flu stocks. Their price movement has a strong fear component in them and as such, they are part of the VIX taxonomy of fear (which I will someday formalize as the VIXdex.) It should come as no surprise, then, that bird flu stocks have characteristics that are similar to that of the VIX. Specifically, they tend to spike up sharply, then subside over time, with patterns of 1 and 3-5 day spikes being relatively common. Some of this can be seen in the BCRX daily chart, where the Williams %R and CCI are showing that four days into the move up, we have a good shorting opportunity:
NVAX, AVII and GNBT are among my favorite of the pure play bird flu vaccine makers. If you have tested systems for trading the VIX, consider that the same tactics may work as well or better with bird flu stocks, with an opportunity to trade the underlying and with lower implied volatility for the options: