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Dow Jones Industrial Average Brings 17K Back Into Focus

Crude oil is set to test its perch atop the century mark

by 7/14/2014 8:20:30 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is looking to start the week on a positive note, with futures pointed higher ahead of the bell. The financial sector will be a center point this week, as a handful of earnings reports from big banks are due out. Kicking things off will be Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), which unveiled its second-quarter results not long ago. At last check, the blue-chip barometer was up more than 90 points in pre-market trading -- pulling the millennial 17K mark back into focus.

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And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are more than 90 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.2 million call contracts traded on Friday, compared to 635,493 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio plunged to 0.54, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.53.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is down 0.04% this morning to trade at 80.15.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is looking to test its perch atop the century mark, with the commodity last seen 0.3% lower at $100 per barrel.
  • Gold is also in the red, with the malleable metal flirting with a 1.4% drop to trade at $1,318.60 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

There are no significant economic reports scheduled for today. However, C announced quarterly earnings.

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