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"The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) experienced choppy and directionless price action last week, as equities appear to be in a holding pattern," commented Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. "It reminds me of the old saying, 'Never short a dull market.'" The blue-chip index is continuing to churn this morning, with futures hovering near breakeven. The day's docket is fairly light, with Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart slated to give an early afternoon speech, and the Treasury budget due out at 2:00 p.m. ET.

However, as Venosa notes, "Earnings season kicks into full gear later this week, with many leading financial names -- including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), and Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) -- set to report."

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 about two points above breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,608,895 call contracts traded on Friday, compared to 849,179 put contracts. Both the resultant single-session put/call ratio and the 21-day moving average arrived at 0.53.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S dollar index has shed roughly 0.1% in pre-market trading, with the greenback churning near 80.61.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is on pace to extend last week's losses, with the front-month contract down 0.9% at $92.13 per barrel.
  • Gold futures are lower, as well, with the malleable metal eyeing a 0.1% drop to hover around $1,245.70 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

The Treasury budget will kick off the week's lineup of economic reports, while Wendy's (WEN) will start the week's round of earnings reports with its preliminary results for 2013.

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