The Dow is Now Set to Tumble After Jobs Report

The nonfarm payrolls report badly missed expectations

Apr 6, 2015 at 8:47 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is set for a rough start to the week, with futures signaling a triple-digit drop as traders react to Friday's disappointing nonfarm payrolls figure. Specifically, the 126,000 U.S. jobs added in March fell well below analysts' predictions of around 245,000. Coming back from the long weekend, traders will have the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) non-manufacturing index to look forward to.

And now, on to the numbers...

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P and Nasdaq futures

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are about 129 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 756,875 call contracts traded on Thursday, compared to 611,739 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio shot up to 0.81, while the 21-day moving average remained at 0.67.

NYSE and Nasdaq summary

Volatility indices

Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index fell 0.8% to 96.62.
  • Crude oil jumped 2.4% to $50.32 per barrel.
  • Gold added 1.5% at $1,218.80 per ounce.
Currencies and commodities

Earnings and Economic Data

The week kicks off with the ISM non-manufacturing index. A. Schulman (SHLM) is the day's sole earnings reporter. To see what else is on this week's agenda, click here.

Overseas Trading

Stocks in Asia finished mixed in a low-volume session. South Korea's Kospi edged out a 0.05% gain, with Japan's Nikkei falling 0.2%. Markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for holiday.

European bourses remain closed today in observance of the Easter holiday.

Overseas markets

Unusual Put and Call Activity:

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Unusual options activity - puts

Unusual options activity - calls

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