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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) is sitting 5.5 points, or 0.03%, lower at 16,545.45, putting the blue-chip index near breakeven for the week. On the economic front, the Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) revealed the U.S. job openings rate fell 2.8% in March to 4.014 million, while March wholesale inventories expanded at a faster-than-expected clip.
Here are a few noteworthy stats at midday:
- The advance/decline ratio on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) registers at 0.77, with advancing stocks trailing declining issues.
- The equity put/call volume ratio across all 12 options exchanges checks in at 0.93, with calls outpacing puts. Currently, 3.23 million calls have changed hands, compared to 3.00 million puts.
- Among the equities with notable call volume is Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU), which has seen roughly 99% of its options volume exchanged on the call side. The Paris-based network-equipment firm reported a slimmer-than-expected first-quarter loss during the overnight hours. However, ALU was last seen 4.5% lower at $3.84.
- In the latest American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) poll, the percentage of bulls fell to 28.3% from 29.8% the week prior. The percentage of neutral investors rose to 43% from 40.8%, while the percentage of bears dipped to 28.7% from 29.5%.
- The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is up 0.3% at 13.47, after earlier peaking above the 14 level.
- The put/call volume ratio on the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX) -- currently 0.8% lower at $38.82 -- is 0.54, with calls nearly doubling puts.
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