Dow Jones Industrial Average Set to Spike

Dow Futures Soar Triple Digits; Plus, 3 Names with M&A Buzz

May 14, 2015 at 8:41 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) looks ready to run following Wednesday's push-and-pull session. While disappointing retail sales drove yesterday's action, today's focus will be on weekly jobless claims, inflation numbers, and earnings from a handful of notable names -- including Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK), which is up 7% in electronic trading. Additionally, Wall Street will keep one eye trained overseas, where European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is slated to speak at 11 a.m. ET.

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And now, on to the numbers…

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Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are more than 111 points above fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 796,087 call contracts traded on Wednesday, compared to 449,568 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio fell to 0.56, while the 21-day moving average edged up to 0.64.

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Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is down 0.3% at 93.31.
  • Crude oil is poised to bounce back from yesterday's slip, up 0.2% at $61.59 per barrel.
  • Gold, meanwhile, is off 0.1% at $1,216.60 per ounce.

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 Earnings and Economic Data

Weekly jobless claims and the producer price index (PPI) will come out today. Stepping up to the earnings mic are Applied Materials (AMAT), El Pollo Loco (LOCO), King Digital Entertainment (KING), Kohl's (KSS), Nordstrom (JWN), Qiwi (QIWI), and Symantec (SYMC). To see what else is on this week's agenda, click here.

Overseas Trading

It was a mixed finish in Asia, as traders digested lackluster economic data out of the U.S. South Korea's Kospi outpaced its regional peers with a 0.3% gain, while China's Shanghai Composite and Hong Kong's Hang Seng each tacked on 0.1%. Japan's Nikkei, meanwhile, shed 1% amid a plunge in railroad names and a strengthening yen.

European benchmarks are higher at midday, with the German DAX up 0.6% and the French CAC 40 0.5% higher. London's FTSE 100, however, is struggling to gain steam due to pressure from the mining sector, and was last seen flirting with a 0.05% lead.

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 Unusual Put and Call Activity

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