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U.S. Index Futures Fluctuate After Stock Slump as VIX Crosses 50

  • Contracts on S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq 100 drop in volatile trading
  • VIX gauge extends gain, heading for highest level since 2009
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Jeremy Siegel, finance professor at the Wharton School, discusses the Dow’s plunge and interest rate policy.(Source: Bloomberg)
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U.S. stock-index futures fluctuated after a rout that on Monday sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst-ever point plunge.

E-mini futures on the S&P 500 Index expiring in March dropped 0.3 percent as of 7:36 a.m. in New York, after earlier erasing a slide of 3 percent to rise as much as 1.4 percent. Those on the Dow fell 1 percent, while Nasdaq 100 Index contracts slipped 0.2 percent. The Cboe Volatility Index climbed as much as 35 percent, poised for its highest close since March 2009.