Cantor Says It's Time to Go Long S&P 500

VIX Tumbles After Hitting Two-Year High

It might be time to resume a bullish stance.

Investors should go long the S&P 500, Cantor Fitzgerald Chief Market Strategist Peter Cecchini wrote in a note Tuesday, recommending options that will pay off if stock prices climb. His favored trade is to buy the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (ticker SPY) March $275/$280 1-by-1 call spread with the sale of a March $240 put.

A look at S&P 500-based options shows some are “likely not reasonably priced,” Cecchini said, pointing to a straddle trade on Feb. 9-expiry options that implies a 3.3 percent move by Friday. He added that another indication of how dislocated volatility is can be found in the comparison of Russell 2000 volatility versus that of the S&P 500.

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