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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is poised to bounce back this morning, amid easing concerns over the state of Portugal's banking system. In today's session, the U.S. financial sector will be focus, with earnings results from Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) due out before the bell. Additionally, speeches from a pair of Federal Reserve officials should spark some interest around the Street. Against this backdrop, futures for the blue-chip barometer were lingering about 28 points above breakeven.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Ways to Interpret Short Interest: Look at option activity. Speculative action can offer an interesting context for short interest, adding a further dimension to your overall sentiment analysis.

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 28 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 981,919 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 658,585 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio jumped to 0.67, while the 21-day moving average rose to 0.53.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is sitting just below the flat line this morning, with the currency last seen near 80.11.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is on pace to resume its recent downtrend, with futures 0.5% lower at $101.92 per barrel.
  • Gold, meanwhile, is poised to pare a slim portion of Thursday's gain, with the commodity down 0.1% at $1,338.30 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

The latest Treasury budget is Friday's lone data point. However, the Street will also be digesting the latest earnings reports from Fastenal (FAST), Infosys (INFY), and WFC.

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