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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) waffled above and below breakeven this morning due to uncertainty surrounding the situation in Ukraine. On the home front today, news broke that U.S. wholesale inventories rose more than expected in January, though sales at wholesalers saw their biggest drop since March 2009. Furthermore, the JOLTS report showed smaller-than-expected growth for job openings in January. At last check, the DJI was positioned 38.5 points, or 0.23%, higher at 16,450.82.
Here are a few noteworthy stats at midday:
- The equity put/call volume ratio across all 12 options exchanges stands at 0.77. Roughly 3.80 million calls, compared to about 2.95 million puts, have crossed the tape so far.
- Among the names with call-heavy trading activity today is McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), which has seen 63.3 of its intraday options volume change hands on the call side. On the charts, MCD shares have jumped 3.4% today to perch at $98.46, though the company released disappointing same-restaurant sales data yesterday.
- The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) shows an advance/decline ratio of 0.61, with decliners healthily outnumbering advancing stocks at midday.
- Among the top performers on the NYSE today is Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF), which is up 5.3% to trade at $33.48. Bucking the stock higher is the company's incredible sales report for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire DVD and Blu-Ray units, during their first weekend of release in North American stores.
- The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is trading above the 14 mark this afternoon, currently up 0.6% at 14.29.
- The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX) has gained 0.37% today to $43.88. Meanwhile, the ETN's put/call volume ratio stands at 2.17, with put volume more than doubling call volume.
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