The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is sitting slightly below breakeven ahead of the opening bell, with investors awaiting cues on earnings results from such big names as McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). Also hitting the Street this morning is the latest data on existing home sales and the FHFA housing price index.
Elsewhere, "I'm keeping a close eye on the Russell 2000 Index (RUT) and how it reacts around the 1,140 level," commented Schaeffer's Senior Trading Analyst Bryan Sapp. "Small-caps have been a major laggard over the past two months, and the bounce we've seen in recent weeks looks very similar to the RUT's late-January bounce -- when 1,140 acted as resistance. A climb back above this technical level could be the catalyst to lift markets back near recent all-time highs."
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are about 4 points below breakeven.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,068,453 call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 502,807 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio fell to 0.47, while the 21-day moving average dipped to 0.58.
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"I came across a poll by Bankrate.com, and it surveyed over 1,000 households and gauged their sentiment toward the stock market," noted Sapp. "According to the data, 73% are 'not more inclined to invest in stocks.' This is the third year in a row that we've seen such a reading, and the market has been on a tear. Sentiment polls such as these suggest that the 'pain trade' in stocks remains to the upside over the long term."
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Existing home sales data is scheduled for today, along with the FHFA housing price index. Stepping up to the earnings mic are AT&T (T), MCD, TRV, United Technologies (UTX), AK Steel (AKS), Arch Coal (ACI), CMCSA, Cree (CREE), Discover Financial Services (DFS), Gilead Sciences (GILD), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Illumina (ILMN), International Game Technology (IGT), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Lockheed Martin (LMT), VMware (VMW), Xerox (XRX), and Yum! Brands (YUM).
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