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Dow Jones Industrial Average Higher as Wall Street Awaits a Deluge of Data

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by 12/5/2012 8:20:22 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is flirting with its first win of the week, with futures on the blue-chip barometer pointed modestly higher ahead of the bell. The week's flood of domestic economic data continues to roll in this morning. "The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) non-manufacturing survey for November will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET," noted Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa. "Markets will most likely react, considering Monday's manufacturing index dropped below the 50 mark, the demarcation line that signals contraction." Additionally, today's ADP employment report should give Wall Street a sneak peek as to what to expect from Friday's all-important payrolls report.

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are roughly 48 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 737,881 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 595,184 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio surged to 0.81, while the 21-day moving average moved to 0.69.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"All in all, it was a flat trading session on Tuesday, with markets staying in a narrow range for most of the day," continued Venosa. "Consumer discretionary shares were lower after Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) and Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) offered up weak guidance just a few days apart."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index has moved 0.1% higher ahead of the bell, with the currency last seen near $79.76.
  • Crude oil is on the mend, with January-dated crude up 0.2% at $88.66 per barrel.
  • Gold futures are looking to reclaim the $1,700 mark, with gold for February delivery tacking on 0.5% in pre-market trading to hover near $1,704.10 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Today's jam-packed docket features the ADP employment report, third-quarter productivity and labor costs, the MBA mortgage index, factory orders, the ISM non-manufacturing index, and the weekly crude inventories report. Meanwhile, Finisar (FNSR), Men's Wearhouse (MW), and Vera Bradley (VRA) will take to the earnings stage.

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