The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is pointed lower this morning, putting the blue-chip index's chance for a weekly win in jeopardy. On the economic front, the Labor Department's JOLTS report and the latest wholesale inventories data are due at 10 a.m. ET. Additionally, Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher will give a speech on monetary policy at 12 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, among equities in focus, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should garner its fair share of attention, after reports surfaced that the tech titan may be in talks to purchase Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. This would be AAPL's largest acquisition on record.
On the charts, Schaeffer's Senior Trading Analyst Bryan Sapp says, "The Russell 2000 Index (RUT) continues to be the index to watch, and it has been whipsawing wildly over the past few days -- much to the chagrin of traders. It appeared the RUT was poised to retake its 200-day moving average yesterday morning, but the afternoon sell-off took it back below this trendline. What's more, the index fell south of the 1,100 level for a second straight day. Going forward, a clear break of either of these key areas will likely signal the next move for the broad market."
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are about 27 points below breakeven.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,095,234 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 718,012 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio dropped to 0.66, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.62.
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"According to Thursday's National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) survey, money managers aren't believers of the recent rally in the S&P 500 Index (SPX), as they reduced their market exposure over the course of the past week," noted Sapp.
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Earnings and Economic Data
Wholesale inventories data and the Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) will hit the Street today. Alcatel Lucent (ALU), Chiquita Brands (CQB), Hilton Hotels (HLT), and Ralph Lauren (RL) will close out the week's earnings lineup.
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