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Dow Jones Industrial Average Higher; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Soars

Both the BoE and the ECB kept interest rates unchanged

by 2/6/2014 8:15:05 AM
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"Weather may have played a factor in the dull action witnessed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) yesterday," noted Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. "Retail will take the spotlight this morning, as a number of companies are slated to release same-store-sales numbers. The retail sector has been a huge underperformer in 2014, and is down nearly 12% year-to-date." Additionally, employment data continues to trickle in ahead of tomorrow's payrolls number, with weekly jobless claims due out this morning. Ahead of these events, the DJI is pointed modestly higher.

On the corporate front, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) is up more than 42% in pre-market trading, after last night announcing a partnership with The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). KO, meanwhile, is 1.3% higher ahead of the bell.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Reasons to Dodge Directional Risk: Capitalize on expected volatility spikes. There are several technical and sentiment indicators that can tell you whether a stock is on the verge of some major volatility -- including Bollinger Bands and high levels of short interest.

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 nearly 39 points above breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,254,114 call contracts traded on Wednesday, compared to 772,771 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio rose to 0.62, while the 21-day moving average arrived at 0.58.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is 0.08% higher ahead of the bell, with the currency last seen hovering around 81.10.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is eyeing a third straight day of gains, with crude for March delivery up 1% to trade at $98.38 per barrel.
  • Gold futures are also in the green, with the front-month contract tacking on 0.5% to linger near $1,262.50 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Weekly jobless claims are scheduled for today, as well as data on international trade, and productivity and labor costs. Companies on Thursday's earnings docket include General Motors (GM), AOL, Inc. (AOL), LinkedIn (LNKD), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Aetna (AET), AstraZeneca (AZN), athenahealth (ATHN), Cummins (CMI), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), Expedia (EXPE), Kellogg (K), KKR & Co. (KKR), Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), Monster Worldwide (MWW), New York Times (NYT), Noble Energy (NBL), ON Semiconductor (ONNN), OpenTable (OPEN), Outerwall (OUTR), Philip Morris (PM), Sony (SNE), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), and VeriSign (VRSN).

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