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Dow Jones Industrial Average Moves Higher as Voters Head to the Polls

Oil and gold move higher, while the dollar retreats

by 11/6/2012 8:21:48 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is pointed higher this morning, as Americans head to the polls to vote in a heated presidential race. The pre-election optimism began seeping in yesterday, with "Markets deciding to break the downside momentum we experienced on Friday and early Monday morning," said Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa. "By mid-afternoon yesterday, the market was back above its morning high with help from the energy and basic materials sectors. Meanwhile, earnings season continues this week, but is tapering off. There are no economic reports today, as the election will obviously be the major event."

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are sitting 33 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 758,930 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 463,390 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio dropped to 0.61, while the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.71.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index has retreated 0.1% this morning, with the greenback last seen trading near $80.66.
  • Crude oil is looking to extend yesterday's gains, with December-dated crude up 0.6% at $86.14 per barrel.
  • Gold futures are higher, as well, with the malleable metal adding 0.5% in pre-market trading to hover around $1,692.20 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

There are no economic reports of note today; however, it is Election Day in the U.S. AOL (AOL), Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO), Coeur d'Alene Mines (CDE), CVS Caremark (CVS), DIRECTV (DTV), Discovery Communications (DISCA), DISH Network (DISH), Fossil (FOSL), Frontier Communications (FTR), Hecla Mining (HL), Marathon Oil (MRO), Martin Marietta Materials (MLM), News Corp (NWSA), Office Depot (ODP), OfficeMax (OMX), and Rackspace Hosting (RAX) will take their respective turns in the earnings confessional.

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