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"Across-the-board selling took hold on Monday just after the opening bell, ultimately sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) down more than 2%," said Schaeffer's Senior Options Strategist Tony Venosa, CMT. The blue-chip barometer is poised to regain a slim portion of its 326-point loss, with futures pointed modestly higher ahead of the bell. In today's session, Venosa notes that "morning markets will have the chance to digest factory orders for December, slated for release at 10 a.m. E.T." Additionally, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker is scheduled to speak before the bell, while Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will take the podium this afternoon.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are more than 16 points above breakeven.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,366,803 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 840,283 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio fell to 0.61, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.56.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) cut through its December low yesterday, which held as support last week," continued Venosa. "Currently, shares are sitting near the November low and have retraced roughly 50% of their October 2013-January 2014 gain."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S dollar index is up a slight 0.03% ahead of the bell, with the currency lingering near 81.04.
  • Crude oil is also sticking close to the flatline this morning, with crude for March delivery 0.03% higher at $96.46 per barrel.
  • Elsewhere, gold futures are on pace to pare a portion of Monday's gains, with the front-month contract down 0.5% at $1,253.80 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Factory orders for December are slated for today. Reporting earnings are Arch Coal (ACI), Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), ARM Holdings (ARMH), Boston Scientific (BSX), BP plc (BP), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW), Clorox (CLX), CME Group (CME), Eaton (ETN), Emerson Electric (EMR), Genworth Financial (GNW), Gilead Sciences (GILD), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), Myriad Genetics (MYGN), and UBS AG (UBS).

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