Dow Muscles North; Chinese Data Sparks Stimulus Hopes

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May 4, 2015 at 8:33 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is sitting solidly higher -- looking to build off of Friday's momentum -- ahead of a number of speeches from central bank officials. Specifically, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will deliver a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Columbus Economic Development Board, while San Francisco Fed President John Williams will discuss job creation. Also, factory orders are due out later this morning -- and traders are currently digesting the latest manufacturing data out of China, where the Shanghai Composite closed comfortably higher to start the week.


Continue reading for more on today's market, including:


And now, on to the numbers…


Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are nearly 65 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.03 million call contracts traded on Friday, compared to 629,136 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio dropped to 0.61, while the 21-day moving average edged up to 0.64. 





Currencies and Commodities


  • The U.S. dollar index is up 0.3% at 95.53.
  • Crude oil is 0.6% higher to trade at $59.52 per barrel.
  • Gold has advanced 0.6% at $1,181.40 per ounce. 



Earnings and Economic Data


The week starts off with factory orders. Showing their earnings power will be Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Array Biopharma (ARRY), Avis Budget (CAR), Cablevision Systems (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA), Denny's (DENN), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), EOG Resources (EOG), EXACT Sciences (EXAS), Integrated Device Technology (IDTI), InvenSense (INVN), Loews (L), MGM Resorts (MGM), Murphy USA (MUSA), Sysco (SYY), Tyson Foods (TSN), XPO Logistics (XPO), and Westlake Chemical (WLK). To see what else is on this week's agenda, click here.


Overseas Trading


Asian markets ended mostly higher, as weak economic data out of China ramped up expectations for additional stimulus measures. Specifically, China's Shanghai Composite jumped 0.9%, after the HSBC final purchasing managers index (PMI) revealed the factory sector's fastest rate of contraction in a year. Elsewhere, South Korea's Kospi gained 0.2% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.03%, while Japan's Nikkei was closed for holiday.


European benchmarks were last seen sharply higher, as negotiations between Greece and its lenders reportedly progressed during a weekend meeting. The French CAC 40 and German DAX are currently up 1.1% and 1.3%, respectively. London's FTSE 100 is shuttered for holiday.



Unusual Put and Call Activity






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