Dow Jones Industrial Average Rebounds On Crude's Strength

SPY vs. VIX: How to Hedge This Market

Oct 13, 2015 at 12:03 PM
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After slipping nearly 100 points out of the gate, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is attempting gains at midday, as the blue-chip index looks to extend its winning streak to eight in a row. While disappointing data out of China and a relatively hawkish outlook from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard initially weighed on stocks, a big rebound in crude has helped buoy sentiment. Meanwhile, Dow component Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is fighting for gains after unveiling weak quarterly revenue, and two more index peers gear up for their after-the-close turns in the earnings spotlight. 

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Among the stocks with notable option volume is Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR). Both calls and puts are crossing at roughly three times the average pace, as traders respond to details surrounding the social media firm's layoffs and an upbeat third-quarter sales forecast. The shares are 5.6% higher at $30.36 -- a marked reversal from Monday's decline

One of the top gainers on the Big Board is Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP), thanks to some big M&A news within the sector. The shares have surged 10% to $87.07, and earlier reached a record peak of $89. With the gains, the brewing name is 16.8% higher on the year. 


Among the biggest losers on the Big Board is software stock VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). The shares are extending Monday's sell-off, dropping another 4.4% to trade at $69.11, thanks to a round of bearish brokerage notes -- including a downgrade to "market perform" from "outperform" from JMP Securities. Earlier, VMW hit a two-year low of $68.28. 

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is up 0.3 point, or 2%, though it continues to trade below its 10-day moving average. 

Today's put/call volume ratio on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is 2.34, with puts more than doubling calls. At last check, the SPY was up 0.4 point, or 0.2%, at $201.88. 

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