Earnings Weigh On Dow Jones Industrial Average; COMP Aims Higher

The VIX Signal So Rare It's Only Happened Twice

Jul 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is pointed lower ahead of the bell, as traders are unhappy with the latest round of earnings. Specifically, blue chip International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) reported disappointing results last night, weighing on the shares ahead of the bell. This morning, meanwhile, Dow components United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) are down on a reduced profit forecast and lackluster sales, respectively. Elsewhere, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) is pointed higher, and could make a run at another all-time record.

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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 46 points below fair value.

Market Statistics

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1.03 million call contracts traded on Monday, compared to 579,921 put contracts. The resultant single-session equity put/call ratio inched up to 0.56, while the 21-day moving average held steady at 0.68.

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Currencies and Commodities

  • The U.S. dollar index is down 0.2% at 97.84.
  • Crude oil has edged up a slim 0.04% at $50.46 per barrel.
  • Gold is extending its slide, off another 0.1% at $1,105.50 per ounce.

 

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Earnings and Economic Data

 

There are no notable economic reports today. Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Travelers (TRV), GoPro Inc (GPRO), Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), VMware (VMW), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Linear Technologies (LLTC), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Baker Hughes (BHI), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Novartis AG (NVS), and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) are among the many names reporting. To see what else is on this week's docket, click here.

 

Overseas Trading

 

For a breakdown of today's trading in Asia and Europe, including a strong showing among Japanese airlines, read Overseas Trading: Asia Stocks Rally, Shrugging Off Commodity Slump.

 

 

Unusual Put and Call Activity

 

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