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Midday Market Stats: Dow Jones Industrial Average Adds 40 Points

The Dow has shrugged off a post-earnings pullback from HD

by 5/15/2012 12:28 PM
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After a choppy start to the session, U.S. stocks are modestly higher at midday. Despite ongoing uncertainty over the political situation in Greece, traders were encouraged by a stronger-than-forecast rise in the Empire State manufacturing index, which jumped to 17.09 in May. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 12,735.65) is up 40.3 points, or 0.3%. Meanwhile, the CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX - 21.04) is down 3.8%.

Here are a few noteworthy stats at midday:

  1. The equity put/call volume ratio across all nine options exchanges stands at 1.08, as 3.922 million puts and 3.616 million calls have crossed the tape.

  2. One of the notable stocks with put-skewed activity is Home Depot (HD - 49.06), which has shed 1.6% on the heels of its first-quarter earnings report.

  3. The put/call volume ratio on the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX - 18.37) checks in at 1.17, with puts narrowly outnumbering calls as the security sheds 0.4%.

  4. The Nasdaq shows an advance/decline ratio of 1.79, with gainers comfortably outpacing laggards.

  5. Among the Nasdaq's major advancers is Yelp (YELP - 21.58), which is 7.7% higher on reports that Tiger Global Management snapped up a stake in the company.

  6. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said its housing market sentiment index rose to 29 in May -- hitting its highest level in five years, and topping expectations for a reading of 26.
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