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Dow Jones Industrial Average Heads South as Russia-Ukraine Tensions Flare Up

The DJI is set to drop, and the SPX will test its meddle atop 2,000

by 8/28/2014 8:17:51 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is set to take a breather today -- and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) is poised to test its footing atop 2,000 -- amid reports of a Russian military invasion in Ukraine. As such, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for an emergency meeting of the European Council and the United Nations Security Council. On the home front, meanwhile, traders will digest the latest second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) estimate, as well as the weekly report on jobless claims.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Tips to Trade Like the Pros: Develop a healthy sense of skepticism. There's no need to be a knee-jerk cynic, but it certainly pays to be wary of "hot tips" and "sure things" -- no matter where they come from.

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 47 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 858,107 call contracts traded on Wednesday, compared to 529,634 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio soared to 0.62, while the 21-day moving average stood pat at 0.64.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is fractionally higher at 82.46.
  • Crude oil is treading water at $93.88 per barrel.
  • Gold is on the mend amid escalating geopolitical concerns, up 0.9% at $1,294.40 per ounce.
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