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Dow Jones Industrial Average Lower as Apple Weighs on the Street

Crude and gold drop, as the dollar gains ground

by 10/26/2012 8:30:23 AM
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While futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) have pared an earlier triple-digit loss, they remain bathed in red ink ahead of the bell. Corporate earnings continue to cause concern among investors. Specifically, "Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) both released earnings last night, and in my opinion, it's all about them," said Schaeffer's Equities Analyst Bryan Sapp. "I wrote a blog yesterday about how closely I'll be watching the 200-day moving averages on each stock today, considering both have pulled back to their respective trendlines."

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are roughly 62 points south of fair value.

Market Statistics

Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 843,478 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 639,276 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio jumped to 0.76, while the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.68.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"The new American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) and National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) sentiment numbers came out yesterday, and the change from last week was negligible," noted Sapp. "This is a bit concerning, considering the market keeps drifting lower, and it appears investors have either turned into dip buyers or are apathetic toward the selloff from the top. I would really like to see some more skepticism return to the markets."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is up 0.2% ahead of the bell to trade at $80.23.
  • Crude oil is on pace to pare a portion of yesterday's gains, with December-dated crude 0.6% lower at $85.56 per barrel.
  • Gold futures, meanwhile, are down 0.5% at $1,704.30 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

The week wraps up with the advance report on third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for October. Wall Street will also contemplate earnings reports from Merck & Co. (MRK), Arch Coal (ACI), Comcast (CMCSA), Coventry Health Care (CVH), Legg Mason (LM), Moody's (MCO), and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT).

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