Major indices are higher yet again this Friday morning. Global oil price have fallen over the past 24 hours, though this comes after a huge rise over the previous week. Facebook (FB) has made a major change to the algorithm that determines what you will see in your newsfeed. Friends and discussions are up, news, and, to Wall Street’s horror, ads, are down. FB shares are down 3.83%.
Industries doing well today include airlines, multiline retail, and aerospace & defense. Industries showing weakness include internet software, leisure products, and healthcare technology. The VIX is up 1.8% to 10.06 after closing on Thursday at 9.88. The most heavily traded options this morning are for Bank of America (BAC), 8,163 January-19 31 calls on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.45 (689,883/311,434). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,504/1,252 while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,594/1,133.