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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) are little changed this morning, after the blue-chip barometer notched its loftiest close on record Friday. With both the economic and earnings calendars devoid of reports, traders will likely turn their attention to speeches from a trio of Federal Reserve officials. Specifically, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard will take the podium ahead of the bell, while Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren are set to speak later this afternoon.

Meanwhile, "The S&P 500 Index (SPX) rallied into the 1,950 half-century mark on Friday," said Schaeffer's Senior Trading Analyst Bryan Sapp. "In the recent past, these levels have proven to be significant support/resistance zones. Keep an eye on this level going forward, as a break higher would likely indicate a move up to 2,000 is in the works."

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Tips for Short-Term Trading: Target stocks poised for a big move. To reap big returns with a short-term trade, you need to single out stocks that make dramatic moves on a regular basis. Historical volatility and Bollinger Bands can offer important clues.

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 roughly 4 points above breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,281,037 call contracts traded on Friday -- the most since April 17 -- compared to 608,426 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio fell to 0.47, while the 21-day moving average dropped to 0.59.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"Complacency continues to grow, as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) broke below the 11 level on Friday," noted Sapp. "What's more, the VIX hit fresh seven-year lows, as stocks continued their slow grind higher. Traders should stay alert when indexes such as this make extreme highs or lows."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index has tacked on 0.2% ahead of the bell to trade at 80.54.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is poised to extend Friday's upward momentum, with the commodity 0.7% higher at $103.38 per barrel.
  • Gold futures are also in the green, with the malleable metal last seen up 0.3% at $1,256.50 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

There are no significant economic or earnings reports scheduled for today.

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