The employment report is due to be released Friday morning. News there could certainly send the market in either direction. But anxiety about the employment report has largely been unfounded over the last year and a half. The table below was published in Wednesday night’s subscriber letter. It looks at how the VIX, XIV and SPX have all performed on employment days since 7/1/12.
These 17 instances have shown a strong propensity for the VIX to drop, and XIV and SPX to rally. We’ll see how it works out today, but the recent tendency has been bullish on employment days.