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Stocks on a roller coaster; how to trade it

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

A sharp spike in volatility as measured by CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) Wednesday may portend big moves in sectors and markets, if history is any guide.

The VIX is up around 30 percent this week as jittery investors sell stocks because of weak economic data out of China and worries over plunging oil prices.

So what securities will benefit if volatility continues to move higher this week?

Using data from Kensho, a tool designed to quantify historical market events, CNBC Pro ran a study to find what tends to perform the best when the market remains turbulent over the course of a five-day period.

Here's what we found:

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