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Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, coupled with disappointing economic data out of Europe, are pressuring Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) futures lower in pre-market activity. In particular, fighting has broken out in Donetsk, Ukraine, between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, while the Kremlin reportedly may retaliate against U.S. and European sanctions. On the domestic front, trade balance data will be released later this morning, and a number of companies are reporting earnings, including Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), which is down nearly 13% ahead of the bell after Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA) withdrew its buyout bid.

Plus, our Trading Topic of the Week -- Trading Stock Trends: Don't be afraid to buy plenty of time. When you're playing trends, go ahead and spring for that longer-term option. You'll be buying valuable time for the expected stock move to play out in full.

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 37 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 792,536 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 586,926 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio jumped to 0.74, while the 21-day moving average climbed to 0.63.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is 0.4% higher at 81.69.
  • Crude oil appears ready to buck its recent downtrend, up 0.2% at $97.61 per barrel.
  • Gold, meanwhile, is up 0.3% at $1,289.60 an ounce.
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