Dow Jones Industrial Average Flat, Despite Apple Rally

iPhone 7 Chatter; Plus, One 'Attractive Investment Opportunity'?

by Karee Venema

Published on May 23, 2016 at 12:08 PM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is flat on M&A Monday, as a decline in oil prices and relatively hawkish statements from Fed officials offset a rally in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Specifically, the Dow stock is up nearly 2% amid rumors of bigger-than-expected iPhone 7 production in 2016. Meanwhile, July-dated crude futures are off 0.6% at $48.08 per barrel, and San Francisco Fed President John Williams said he is projecting two to three rate hikes this year, and that he sees "the upcoming meetings as live meetings."

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Midday Market Stats May 23

Among the stocks with unusual call volume today is Shire PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:SHPG). Roughly 12,000 calls are on the tape -- 13 times the average intraday pace, and an annual high. Most active is SHPG's July 190 call, which looks to be connected to a larger spread involving the July 170 and 210 calls. At last check, the shares were up 1% at $187.56, after Bryan Garnier started SHPG with a "buy" -- the second bullish brokerage note for the drugmaker in as many sessions.

Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE:IPI) is one of the biggest gainers on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), up 9.4% at $1.40, amid a sector-wide rally and ahead of tomorrow's annual meeting of shareholders. However, the fertilizer stock is running out of steam near its 80-day moving average, a trendline that has helped usher IPI to an 88% year-over-year deficit.

 IPI daily chart

Tribune Publishing Co (NYSE:TPUB) is one of the leading losers on the Big Board, down 15% at $12.10. The media group unveiled a $70.5 million investment from billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, while also saying it rejected Gannett Co Inc's (NYSE:GCI) latest buyout bid.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is up 0.6 point at 15.77.

Today's put/call volume ratio on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is 1.95, as puts nearly double calls. At last check, SPY was fractionally lower at $205.19.


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