Markets look for gains to end month

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.

eBay Inc.  (EBAY),Teekay Corporation  (TK) and SYNNEX Corp.  (SNX), are moving up. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA), Oil States International Inc.  (OIS) and IAMGOLD Corp. (IAG) are dropping.

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..

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