The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is pointed modestly lower ahead of today's holiday-shortened session. Investor sentiment has soured, with U.S. policymakers failing to reach a budget resolution before heading home for the holidays. As Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa explains, "The S&P 500 Index (SPX) pared its weekly gain to 1.2%, thanks to big fiscal cliff-related losses on Friday. While this week will probably be quiet due to the holidays, we could see continued volatility as budget negotiations remain front and center. With time running out for a compromise, the markets will continue to be vulnerable to these discussions."
Domestic markets will finish at 1:00 p.m. EST for Christmas Eve, and will remain closed tomorrow in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are nearly 20 points below fair value.
Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,025,621 call contracts traded on Friday, compared to 731,804 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio rose to 0.71, while the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.63.
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Both the economic and earnings calendars are bare on Monday. U.S. equities markets will close at 1:00 p.m. EST for Christmas Eve.
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