After tagging both a new record intraday and closing peak yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is indicating a lower start this morning. On today's economic agenda, monthly auto sales and factory orders are due, as well as a mid-afternoon speech from Kansas City Fed President Esther George. On the corporate front, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD) and Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) are poised to drop following their respective quarterly results.
Turning to the charts, Schaeffer's Senior Trading Analyst Bryan Sapp notes, "Despite the S&P 500 Index (SPX) trading near breakeven on Monday -- and right at all-time highs -- the Russell 2000 Index (RUT) continues to underperform other market indexes. Yesterday, it filled the gap higher from last Monday, so I would keep a close eye on the area around 1,125 -- as well as its 200-day moving average, currently located at 1,120 -- as potential regions of support going forward."
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are roughly 46 points below breakeven.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 774,029 call contracts traded on Monday -- the fewest in a full session since Aug. 30 -- compared to 482,891 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio jumped to 0.62, while the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.63.
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"Late last week, the new weekly sentiment polls surfaced, and showed some levels of optimism that we haven't seen in a few months," said Sapp. "This could be a sign that the current rally is getting a little long in the tooth, and a short-term correction could be in order."
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The latest reports on factory orders and motor vehicle sales will come out today. Ambarella (AMBA), DG, FuelCell Energy (FCEL), G-III Apparel (GIII), and Mattress Firm (MFRM) will step up to the earnings mic.
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