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Dow Jones Industrial Average Edges Higher on Ebbing Geopolitical Concerns

European markets are lower following a dreary reading on German business sentiment

by 8/12/2014 8:05:41 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is on pace to add to Monday's gains, as separate reports that Russia has sent humanitarian aid (or so the world hopes) to Ukraine and Iraq is in support of a new prime minister help buoy investor sentiment. At last check, futures on the blue-chip barometer were up a modest 14 points ahead of today's round of economic reports, which includes updates on job openings, as well as the Treasury budget.

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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 (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are about 14 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 884,384 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 502,522 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.57, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.65.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is up 0.2% to trade at 81.64.
  • Crude oil has shed 0.7% to linger near $96.52 per barrel.
  • Gold is 0.1% higher at $1,312.40 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

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