Although technical indicators of the Straits Times Index suggest some semblance of stability, the US markets could experience something of a roller coaster in the week of Oct 4-9. Although the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index or VIX has remained remarkably modest on Oct 2, its value could change as the week progresses. The VIX peaked at 82 on Mar 16 this year, and rebounded to 33 on Sept 3. On Oct 2, at10am it stood at 28.45.

The higher the VIX is, the greater the volatility. Hence, current levels suggest that the US markets may not decline or turn overly volatile this week. The Nasdaq Composite Index made an all time high at 12,056 on Sept 2, this tech barometer could struggle a little this week. However, there are no signs that its uptrend is in danger although its accelerated uptrend could be in jeopardy. On the other hand, volatility could increase given the current state of the US political and economic scene.

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