Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) have edged slightly higher this morning, after Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) kicked off first-quarter earnings season with a bottom-line win. Now, investors are awaiting wholesale inventories data -- due at 10 a.m. ET -- as well as the minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, slated for release at 2 p.m. ET. Furthermore, traders can look forward to a pair of afternoon speeches from Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo.
"The S&P 500 Index (SPX) broke below Monday's lows and its 50-day moving average yesterday, but buyers quickly stepped in, and bid up the market from those levels," mentioned Schaeffer's Senior Trading Analyst Bryan Sapp. "Going forward, Tuesday's low near 1,837 will be a key area for bulls to hold."
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are nearly 27 points above breakeven.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 992,829 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 558,607 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio fell to 0.56, while the 21-day moving average dipped to 0.59.
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"Despite the S&P 500's sharp rally off the low, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remains in the middle of Monday's range," continued Sapp. "This muted retreat is a sign of continued fear among market participants."
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The regularly scheduled crude inventories report will be released today, along with wholesale inventories data and the minutes from the latest FOMC meeting. Among the companies reporting earnings are Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Constellation Brands (STZ), PriceSmart (PSMT), and Ruby Tuesday (RT).
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