Learn the trade here. Make it on tradeMONSTER

Options Trading News

April 9, 2013  Tue 7:11 AM CT

SPX: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
Stocks are climbing this morning as investors return to the global-growth theme.

S&P 500 futures are up about 0.25 percent, matching gains of a similar magnitude in Europe. Indexes were mostly higher across the Asia-Pacific region overnight after China reported a sharp slowing of inflation. Traders think that will keep the country's central bank from raising interest rates.

Equities in China and Australia, which is highly dependent on the mainland country, rallied about 1 percent on the news. Japan's Nikkei edged lower.

Corporate earnings season officially began yesterday afternoon with mixed results from aluminum producer Alcoa. Other companies will release final and preliminary numbers at an accelerating pace throughout April, shaping opinions about whether to keep buying equities near long-term highs or to take profits.

While employment data has recently disappointed, sentiment remains firmly bullish as capital trickles out of fixed income and investors expect the global economy to keep improving. The Dow Jones Transportation Average and Russell 2000 small-cap index have already broken out to all-time highs, and the big question now is whether the S&P 500 will follow by pushing through its 2007 peak of 1576.

A late-day fit of buying yesterday drove the benchmark to 1563, back above its 10-day moving average, while small caps and transports led the S&P 500 for the first time since mid-March. That may suggest short-term momentum is turning bullish once again. Financials also staged a turnaround yesterday, fighting back from early losses to end higher. If they return to rally mode, it could also support equity prices.

Commodities and foreign-exchange trading are modestly bullish. Oil is up about one-third of a percent and copper is adding about 0.75 percent. Precious metals and agricultural products are mixed. The euro, Australian dollar and Canadian dollar are all higher against the U.S. currency. Then Japanese yen, however, is higher against most others.

In company-specific news, Alcoa is lower by about 1 percent following its results after yesterday's close. Retailer J.C. Penney is down 8 percent after firing CEO Ron Johnson. It had initially rallied yesterday afternoon on the move but is now falling as investors focus on how the company's board of directors handled the situation.
Share this article with your friends


Related Stories

SPX

Stocks inch higher following selloff

October 2, 2014

S&P 500 futures are up 0.1 percent, while most of Europe is fractionally lower. Asian markets got hammered overnight, led by a 3 percent selloff in Tokyo. Oil plummeted 2 percent.

SPX

ECB, jobless claims top calendar

October 2, 2014

The European Central Bank's monetary announcement is the main event on today's calendar. That will be followed by weekly jobless claims and factory orders.

SPX

Stocks remain lower after job data

October 1, 2014

S&P 500 futures are near their lows of the morning despite better-than-expected private-sector payroll gains. European markets are down more than half a percent.

SPX

ADP, ISM data dominate calendar

October 1, 2014

Today's big event comes at 8:15 a.m. ET when ADP announces private-sector payroll gains for September. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index at 10 a.m. ET.

SPX

Futures higher ahead of key data

September 30, 2014

S&P 500 futures are up 0.36 percent, while the Nasdaq 100 is indicated higher by 0.6 percent. Europe rose as well, led by gains of about 1 percent in France, Spain, and Italy. Asia was mixed overnight.

Premium Services

Free Webinars

How Can Equity Traders Beat the Algos

Education & Strategy

When to go in or out of the money

Some of our subscribers recently asked how to gauge positions that are in or out of the money, so I...

View more education articles »
optionMONSTER stockMONSTER tradeMONSTER