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Dow Jones Industrial Average Lower as Street Awaits Fed Minutes

Gold's nine-session winning streak is in jeopardy

by 2/19/2014 8:06:52 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) is pointed lower ahead of the bell, as Wall Street awaits the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes. In addition, traders will soon digest the latest batch of housing and producer price data, while Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will garner attention ahead of its earnings release tonight.

"The Nasdaq Composite (COMP) and the small-caps advanced on Tuesday, while the rest of the indexes took a breather, as homebuilder sentiment seemed to drag on some of the larger-cap stocks," noted Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. "The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) closed just above the 184 level, which is the site of peak call open interest for Friday's expiration. This could be a major line in the sand to keep an eye on for the next few days."

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are about 40 points below breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,231,461 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 749,959 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio and the 21-day moving average both edged higher to 0.61.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is fractionally higher ahead of the bell, with the currency last seen at 80.05.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is poised to continue its run atop the century mark, with the front-month contract up 0.4% at $102.55 per barrel.
  • Gold futures, meanwhile, are set to snap their nine-session winning streak, with the front-month contract 0.5% lower at $1,317.20 an ounce.
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Earnings and Economic Data

Reports on housing starts and building permits, as well as the producer price index (PPI) and core PPI, are scheduled for today. Plus, the minutes from the latest FOMC meeting will be released. TSLA, Avis Budget (CAR), Crocs (CROX), Devon Energy (DVN), Garmin (GRMN), Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), Hecla Mining (HL), Jack in the Box (JACK), Marriott International (MAR), MGM Resorts International (MGM), Safeway (SWY), Six Flags Entertainment (SIX), Spirit Airlines (SAVE), SunEdison (SUNE), and Veeco Instruments (VECO) are scheduled to report earnings.

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