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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) is pointed higher this morning, thanks to upbeat earnings reports from blue chips Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM). On the economic front, a number of reports will be released today, including the latest retail sales figures and import and export prices. However, the main focus will likely be on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who kicks-off her two-day testimony in front of Congress shortly after the open. Against this backdrop, futures on the DJI were up more than 27 points.

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And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI) are more than 27 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.03 million call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 596,017 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio rose to 0.58, while the 21-day moving average stayed at 0.53.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is sitting just below the flatline this morning at 80.17.
  • Elsewhere, crude oil is on pace to surrender its perch atop the century mark, with the commodity down 0.7% to trade at $99.74 per barrel.
  • Gold, meanwhile, is pointed north, following Monday's steep sell-off At last check, futures for the malleable metal were up 0.3% at $1,310.70 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

Slated for release today are retail sales, July's Empire State manufacturing survey, import and export prices, and business inventories. GS, Intel (INTC), JNJ, JPM, Yahoo! (YHOO), ADTRAN (ADTN), Cintas (CTAS), and Wolverine World Wide (WWW) will post quarterly results.

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