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"A sleepy session on Tuesday saw most of the indexes finish near their respective flat lines, although the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) and S&P 500 Index (SPX) both notched record closing highs," noted Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. "One sour note to report was that small-caps, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index (RUT), were down more than 1%."

In today's session, futures for both the DJI and SPX are lingering south of breakeven, as traders await direction from a pair of inflation reports. Meanwhile, on the earnings front, results from retailer Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M) and tractor supplier Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) could garner some attention.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- 5 Ways to Interpret Short Interest: Review the recent trend. Have shorts been covering their bearish bets, or ramping them up?

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 9 points below breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 981,878 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 598,112 put contracts. Both the resultant single-session put/call ratio and the 21-day moving average arrived at 0.61.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) spent the entire session on Tuesday vacillating around the call-heavy $190 area I previously mentioned," continued Venosa. "If markets cannot find a catalyst to spark a rally, we are in danger of a potential unwind effect from these calls -- which could pressure shares lower."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is down 0.1% ahead of the bell to trade at 80.10.
  • Crude oil, meanwhile, is poised to extend its upward momentum ahead of today's weekly inventories update. At last check, black gold was up 0.4% at $101.43 per barrel.
  • Elsewhere, gold is eyeing a rebound, with the commodity 0.7% higher at $1,303.90 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Economic reports slated for today include the producer price index (PPI) and core PPI, as well as the weekly crude inventories. Reporting earnings are Cisco Systems (CSCO), Agilent Technologies (A), DE, Diana Shipping (DSX), Jack In The Box (JACK), M, (NTES), Pinnacle Foods (PF), Plug Power (PLUG), SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS), SodaStream International (SODA), Valero Energy Partners (VLP), and Youko Tudou (YOKU).

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