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Market Extra: Here’s one reason Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ didn’t explode amid the stock market’s recent skid

Stocks are in a phase of apparent recovery after a tariff-sparked selloff threatened to put a lasting end to the bull run for U.S. equity markets.

The downdraft — which commenced on the heels of fresh presidential threats for increased tariffs, promising reinvigorated U.S.-China trade aggressions — has raised as many questions about the resiliency of the uptrend for stocks, as has the ability of a closely watched volatility gauge to pivot from flashing red to signaling relative calm.

The Cboe Volatility Index VIX, -0.85% touched an intraday high at 23.38 on May 9, representing a more than 80% surge from its comparatively recent intraday nadir of 12.80 put in on May 3, according to FactSet data.

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