The financial markets have been heavily influenced by geopolitical, macro-economic and headline news. The VIX Index is a good indication of implied volatility in S&P 500 Index. The US Dollar Index tends to react to geopolitical news. The 10-year US Treasury yield is very sensitive to economic conditions both in the US and abroad. Gold is a hard asset and a proxy for macro-economic conditions. Enclosed below are near-term technical updates to the above key markets.