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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) is positioned just a fraction south of breakeven this afternoon, down 3 points, or 0.02%, at 16,333.24. While there is little activity on the economic front today, investors are anxiously awaiting the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) policy statement (slated for release at 2 p.m. ET) and the subsequent news conference with Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Here are a few noteworthy stats at midday:
- The equity put/call volume ratio across all 12 options exchanges stands at 0.69. Roughly 2.81 million calls, compared to about 1.94 million puts, have crossed the tape so far.
- Among the names with call-heavy trading activity today is The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT), which has seen almost all of its intraday options volume change hands on the call side. On the charts, GT shares are down 1.3% today to trade at $27.34.
- The Nasdaq shows an advance/decline ratio of 0.69, with decliners outnumbering advancing stocks at midday.
- Among the top performers on the Nasdaq today is Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRA), which is up 7.2% to trade at $28.08 on stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings results.
- The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is on target to finish its second consecutive session below the 15 mark, currently down 0.5% at 14.45.
- The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX) has shed 0.2% today to $43.49. Meanwhile, the ETN's put/call volume ratio stands at 1.78, with put volume easily outpacing call volume.
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