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Dow Jones Industrial Average Looks to Break Losing Streak; Congress Reconvenes

Japan's Nikkei rose to its highest mark since March 2011

by 12/27/2012 8:17:45 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is on pace to pare most of Wednesday's losses, with the blue-chip barometer pointed modestly higher ahead of the bell. All eyes will be on Washington today, as U.S. lawmakers head back to D.C. to resume budget negotiations.

Elsewhere, "There's been a big spike in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) over the past week or so," pointed out Schaeffer's Senior Trading Analyst Bryan Sapp. "It shows people are scared about the upcoming fiscal cliff. This could be a sign that a lot of this fear has already been priced in, should we go over the proverbial cliff."

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are more than 21 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 590,139 call contracts traded on Wednesday -- the fewest in a full session since Nov. 23 -- compared to 436,280 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio jumped to 0.74, while the 21-day moving average improved to 0.65.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

From the Trading Floor

"The S&P 500 Index (SPX) broke below 1,420 yesterday," continued Sapp. "Below that, I'll be watching the 1,411 area -- which is the low from Dec. 14 -- as well as the 50-day moving average, currently located at 1,413. Additionally, I've got a close eye on the $500 region for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)."

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is down 0.2% heading into today's trading, with the currency last seen near $79.43.
  • Crude oil is looking to pare a portion of yesterday's gains, with February-dated crude 0.2% lower at $90.84 per barrel.
  • Elsewhere, gold futures have shed 0.4% ahead of the bell, with the commodity lingering near $1,654.80 an ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

While there are no major earnings reports on today's calendar, the slate of economic data includes weekly jobless claims, new home sales, and the Conference Board's consumer confidence index.

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