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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is pointed lower ahead of the bell, as traders prepare to digest the day's domestic data. "Stocks were strong across the board yesterday, as basic materials and energy names led the charge amid a slew of economic data and earnings releases," said Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa. However, the blue-chip barometer's three-day winning streak is at risk, with futures down 21 points.

"Keep your eye on the financial sector today," continued Venosa. "A number of banking issues are reporting earnings this morning."

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are roughly 21 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,112,158 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 681,129 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio dropped to 0.61, while the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.67.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index has pulled back 0.5% this morning, with the currency last seen hovering near $79.04.
  • Crude oil is looking at two wins in a row, with the front-month contract 0.2% higher at $92.68 per barrel.
  • Gold futures are up, as well, with the commodity adding 0.3% ahead of the bell to trade at $1,751.90 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Today's economic calendar features the MBA mortgage index, new housing starts and building permits, as well as the weekly update on crude inventories. Meanwhile, earnings are due out from American Express (AXP), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Align Technology (ALGN), Bank of America (BAC), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), BlackRock (BLK), Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP), Comerica (CMA), eBay (EBAY), Halliburton (HAL), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Knight Capital Group (KCG), PepsiCo (PEP), Quest Diagnostics (DGX), St. Jude Medical (STJ), SLM Corp (SLM), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), Steel Dynamics (STLD), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and Xilinx (XLNX).

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