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Dow Jones Industrial Average Heads South; Argentina in Focus

Oil futures are trading south of the century mark

by 7/31/2014 8:18:04 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is poised to extend Wednesday's drop, with the blue-chip barometer bracing for a 77-point retreat out of the gate. A likely default by Argentina is weighing on sentiment, after last-minute talks with creditors disintegrated. On the home front, investors are exercising caution ahead of the next batch of corporate earnings reports, as well as data on weekly jobless claims.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are 77 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.18 million call contracts traded on Wednesday, compared to 673,820 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.57, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.59.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is fractionally higher at 81.50.
  • Crude oil is struggling to stay atop the century mark, down 0.7% at $99.55 per barrel.
  • Gold is set to extend its losing streak to three sessions, down 0.1% at $1,295.50 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Economic data scheduled for today includes weekly jobless claims, the second-quarter employment cost index, and the Chicago purchasing managers index (PMI). Exxon Mobil (XOM), SunPower (SPWR), TSLA, 3D Systems (DDD), Anheuser Busch (BUD), AstraZeneca (AZN), Avon Products (AVP), Beazer Homes (BZH), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), ConocoPhillips (COP), Delphi Automotive (DLPH), DIRECTV (DTV), Eldorado Gold (EGO), Expedia (EXPE), Goldcorp (GG), GPRO, Hecla Mining (HL), Kellogg (K), LinkedIn (LNKD), MasterCard (MA), Mosaic (MOS), Outerwall (OUTR), Sony (SNE), Standard Pacific (SPF), T-Mobile (TMUS), Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Walter Energy (WLT) will release quarterly numbers.

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