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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) is sitting solidly in the green this morning, after "seeing mild selling pressure on Monday," said Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. "Things will begin to pick up later this week, with Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) unofficially kicking off earnings season on Thursday evening, and the December employment report due out on Friday morning." In today's session, though, investors will be watching a pair of speeches from Federal Reserve officials, following last night's Senate confirmation of Janet Yellen as the first female to head the U.S. central bank.

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are nearly 80 points north of breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,287,636 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 673,624 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio dropped to 0.52, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.54.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) bounced between $182 and $183 yesterday," continued Venosa. "Peak put open interest in options expiring this Friday resides at the low end of the range, while peak call open interest rests at the high end."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S dollar index is flirting with a 0.04% lead ahead of the bell, with the currency lingering near 80.68.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is on the mend, with the February-dated contract up 0.6% at $94 per barrel.
  • Gold futures, meanwhile, have tacked on a slight 0.04% in pre-market trading, with the front-month contract hovering around $1,238.50 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

International trade data will be released on Tuesday. Apollo Education (APOL), Micron Technology (MU), and Container Store Group (TCS) will each enter the earnings confessional.

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