Following five consecutive daily closes in the green, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is poised for a slow start -- but still on track for a weekly win. Additionally, futures on the broader S&P 500 Index (SPX) are modestly lower, after the index notched its 21st record close in 2014 on Thursday. Although the day's economic calendar is bare, today is quadruple-witching expiration, meaning equity options, stock index futures, stock index options, and single stock futures expire -- which could create some additional volatility in the markets.
Meanwhile, on the corporate front, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) could garner its fair share of attention after Siemens AG and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) offered up a joint bid for Alstom SA's energy arm. Alstom's board is set to review both GE's bid and this new proposal on Monday.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are more than 3 points below breakeven.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,206,358 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 561,002 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio jumped to 0.47, while the 21-day moving average fell to 0.51.
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Earnings and Economic Data
There are no significant economic reports slated for "quadruple witching" Friday. The week concludes with CarMax (KMX) and Darden Restaurants (DRI) stepping into the earnings spotlight.
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