U.S. stocks' volatility expectations muted ahead of earnings

April 8, 2015 5:16 PM

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NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) - Investors are staring at the first quarterly decline in U.S. corporate profits in six years - but the message coming out of the options market for now is not to worry.

Earnings reporting seasons are typically choppy periods for stocks, but the number of S&P 500 companies expected to see a jump in volatility is lower than where it stood a year ago or even at the same point in 2013, according to a Reuters analysis of options data.

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