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Fiscal Concerns Take Center Stage; Dow Jones Industrial Average Lower

The impending 'fiscal cliff' overshadows Obama's re-election

by 11/7/2012 8:19:25 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is on pace to pare a significant portion of yesterday's gains, as concern over a looming domestic economic issue swells. "Enthusiasm hit the markets on Election Day, as buyers stepped in to push the Dow to a 133-point win," said Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa. "Energy stocks were once again the best performing sector. While there are no major economic reports today, the markets will have plenty to digest, including the upcoming 'fiscal cliff,' as well as the election results."

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are nearly 72 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 817,015 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 517,545 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio rose to 0.63, while the 21-day moving average fell to 0.70.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is hovering just below breakeven, with the greenback trading near $80.61.
  • Ahead of today's inventories report, crude oil has taken a plunge. At last check, the commodity was down 1% to trade at $87.81 per barrel.
  • Elsewhere, gold futures continue to tack on gains, with December-dated gold up 0.3% to trade at $1,720.80 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Today's weekly crude inventories report will likely take a backseat to the results of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election. The day's earnings docket is chock-full, with Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), CBS (CBS), Chiquita Brands International (CQB), Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), Devon Energy (DVN), James River Coal (JRCC), Kraft Foods Group (KRFT), Leap Wireless International (LEAP), Macy's (M), MAKO Surgical, MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR), Molson Coors Brewing (TAP), Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), QUALCOMM (QCOM), Randgold Resources (GOLD), Sodastream International (SODA), Time Warner (TWX), Universal Display (PANL), U.S. Cellular (USM), WellPoint (WLP), and Whole Foods Market (WFM) all slated to unveil their quarterly results.

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