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After a brutal week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is set to recover a portion of its recent losses, with the blue-chip barometer pointed higher ahead of the bell. With the economic and earnings calendars relatively light today, U.S. traders are taking their cues from overseas. Most notably, investors are cheering news that Portugal's central bank will bail out battered Banco Espirito Santo, and will break up the bank into "good" and "bad" segments.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Trading Stock Trends: Trust that the trend is your friend (but do your homework). Every trader dreams of capitalizing on the big trend reversal that no one else saw coming. But momentum is a powerful force in the stock market, so why not go with the flow instead of fighting the tide?

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 41 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.12 million call contracts traded on Friday, compared to 1.16 million put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio spiked to 1.04 -- the highest reading since Aug. 19, 2011 -- while the 21-day moving average advanced to 0.62.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is fractionally higher at 81.37.
  • Crude oil is set to snap its five-session losing streak, up 0.2% at $98.04 per barrel.
  • Gold, on the other hand, is pointed 0.2% lower at $1,292.30 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

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