VIX Hits New Low as Dow Jones Industrial Average Churns

What the Eerily Quiet Dow Could Mean for Stocks

May 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
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Stocks have remained in a narrow trading range today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) exploring a 47-point span on both sides of breakeven so far. At last check, the Dow was modestly higher, while the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (COMP) were slightly higher after earlier hitting record intraday peaks. Along similar lines, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is fresh off a new 10-year low -- and on track to notch another rare close in single-digit territory. Looking ahead, an afternoon speech from Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren could draw a crowd, while Dow stock Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) is likely to garner some earnings-related attention after the close.

Continue reading for more on today's market -- and don't miss:

  • The telecom stock "going bankrupt," according to one top money manager.
  • What the eerily quiet Dow could mean for stocks.
  • Plus, options traders blast plunging Pandora; another big day for VRX stock; and Marriott's post-earnings high.
  • Schaeffer's Top 5 Trading Education Topics, Day 2: Don't chase the hype of the latest hot options trade, or you just might find yourself clobbered by the dreaded Volatility Crush.

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Among the names with accelerated options activity is streaming music service Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P), with the contracts crossing at 24 times the average intraday pace. Put volume has already touched a 52-week peak, with 60,000 contracts on the tape -- nearly double the February high -- while call volume is on track to settle in the 100th annual percentile, with 53,000 contracts exchanged. With P stock down 8.8% at $9.48 amid an onslaught of headlines, Trade-Alert notes the possible closing of a bullish January 2018 10-12 risk reversal, while new positions are likely being purchased at the September 11 calls.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) is one of the biggest advancers on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today, after the drugmaker turned in strong earnings and full-year guidance. At last check, VRX stock was up 20% to trade at $11.65 -- on track to close north of its 50-day moving average for the first time since late February.

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Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) is in the lead on the S&P 500 Index (SPX), following the hotelier's better-than-expected turn in the earnings confessional and subsequent round of bullish brokerage notes. MAR stock is trading up 6.5% at $102.66, after earlier topping out at a record high of $103.22.


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