Some big investor made a $5.13 million options bet Thursday that April could be a cruel month for stocks.
A sizable trade in VIX options caught the eye of traders, who say it's one of the first big bullish trades on the Volatility Index for April and assumes a 50 percent jump in the index.
The VIX, the Chicago Board of Options Exchange's Volatility Index, is viewed as a fear gauge for the stock market. It estimates expected volatility by averaging weighted prices of S&P 500 puts and calls over a range of strike prices. A high VIX is viewed as bearish for stocks.
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