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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) enjoyed a brief moment in the green this morning, after less-than-stellar manufacturing data in China inspired hope that the country would consider new monetary stimulus measures. Now, however, the DJI is down 36.36 points, or 0.22%, at 16,266.41, following the release of the U.S. flash purchasing managers index (PMI) for March, which dipped to a weaker-than-expected reading of 55.5 from a nearly four-month-high reading of 57.1 in February.
Here are a few noteworthy stats at midday:
- The equity put/call volume ratio across all 12 options exchanges stands at 0.84. Roughly 4.73 million calls, compared to about 4.01 million puts, have crossed the tape so far.
- Among the names with call-heavy trading activity today is NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE). At last check, 98.3% of the stock's intraday options volume had changed hands on the call side. Meanwhile, on the charts, NEE shares have shed 0.8% today to trade at $93.81.
- The Nasdaq shows an advance/decline ratio of 0.20, with decliners outnumbering advancing stocks by a margin of 5-to-1.
- Among the underperformers on the Nasdaq today is Vivus, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS), which is down 4.5% to trade at $5.58, pressured lower by a sector-wide retreat. Earlier, VVUS bottomed at a multi-year low of $5.50.
- The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is on target to finish its second consecutive session atop the 15 mark, currently up 4.9% at 15.74.
- The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX) has bounced 2.2% today to $45.19. Meanwhile, the ETN's put/call volume ratio stands at 0.84, with call volume easily outpacing put volume.
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