Dow Jones Industrial Average Waffles Amid Cautious Trading

Analyst: 4 Reasons to Worry About Apple

Jun 5, 2017 at 11:47 AM
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U.S. stocks are trading in a tight range today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) sitting just a few points from last week's record high. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (COMP) have also failed to make a meaningful move in either direction, though the latter index managed to hit another record high. The uncertainty comes as investors focus on a number of geopolitical developments, including this weekend's terrorist attack in London and upcoming testimony from fired FBI director James Comey. Oil prices also continue to fall, with July-dated crude futures off 1.5% at $46.95 per barrel, on news a handful of countries have cut off relations with Qatar, threatening a global agreement to curb oil production. 

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

  • Analyst: 4 reasons to be cautious on Apple stock.   
  • Why this drug stock is rallying to record highs. 
  • Plus, Nvidia options bulls bet on more upside; a biotech stock that won't stop; and Herbalife's setback. 

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Among the stocks with unusual options volume today is NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), with the semiconductor concern rallying 2.2% to trade at $146.77, touching a record high of $147.70 earlier. Calls are trading at an accelerated clip today, thanks to heavy interest in the weekly 6/9 series. The 145-, 147-, and 150-strike calls are the most popular today, and those buying to open positions here are betting on NVDA stock extending its run higher through the end of the week, when the contracts expire. 

Puma Biotechnology Inc (NASDAQ:PBYI) is outperforming on the Nasdaq yet again, with the shares gaining 6.6% to trade at $87.35, after the company presented upbeat data for its cancer drug over the weekend. This is just more of the same for skyrocketing PBYI stock, which was trading near $30 just a month ago. 

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One stock underperforming on the New York Stock Exchange is nutrition specialist Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF), after the company issued a sales warning for the current quarter. The shares have fallen 5.8% to trade at $69.63, but they still sport a year-to-date gain of almost 45%.

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