At the end of a weak September, U.S. stocks are edging up Tuesday morning. The S&P 500 is up 0.32% and the Dow is up 0.30%. The Conference Board will release Consumer Confidence numbers at 10:00 a.m.
Asian markets were mixed Monday as protests continued in Hong Kong. The Hang Seng was down 1.28% while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.26%.
European markets are mixed today after reports showed inflation easing in the eurozone. The FTSE is down 0.07%, and the DAX gained 0.54%.
Energy futures are lower Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $94.32 per barrel, down $0.25 and natural gas is down $0.03. Metals prices are falling. Gold is down $11.30 and platinum is down $6.10. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and the Yen.
Michael Haden is an Options Analyst at InvestorsObserver. He graduated from James Madison University in 1986 with a degree in Marketing. In two decades with Standard & Poor’s, Michael honed his analytical skills in the Financial Industry. He has a conservative view toward investing and prefers value stocks to high-fliers with big risk..