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Dow Jones Industrial Average Eyes a Weekly Win

Global markets rally on positive geopolitical developments

by 8/15/2014 8:14:36 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is poised to finish the week on a high note, with futures sitting comfortably in the green ahead of the bell. With the peak of second-quarter earnings season in the rearview mirror, upbeat geopolitical developments appear to be driving the bullish bias. Also in focus today will be a bevy of economic reports -- including updates on consumer sentiment and inflation -- as well as a speech from Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota, slated for 10:45 a.m. ET.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Tips for Short-Term Trading: Determine your exit plan in advance. Lay down some ground rules before entering the trade, or you might find yourself paralyzed by a big stock swing -- or, just as dangerous, caught up by fear or greed.

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 51 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.01 million call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 607,912 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.60, 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 down 0.1% to trade at 81.50.
  • Crude oil is on the mend, up 0.1% at $94.21 per barrel.
  • Gold, meanwhile, is 0.2% lower at $1,312.90 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

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