U.S. markets are weaker this morning as stocks try to finish another week with gains. The S&P 500 is off 0.09% and the Dow is down 0.05%.
Asian markets were mixed Friday as Japanese stocks finished a strong week. The Nikkei was up 1.13% while the Mumbai Sensex was down 0.55%.
In Europe markets are down after German business confidence fell short of expectations. The FTSE is down 0.08%, and the German DAX is down 0.35%.
Energy futures are mixed today. The West Texas Intermediate crude oil price per barrel is $102.03, down $0.04 and natural gas is down one penny. Metals prices are moving up this morning. Gold is up $4.30, and platinum is up $2.80. The Dollar is up versus both the Euro and the Yen.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS), Qlik Technologies, Inc. (QLIK), HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY), are up today. WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WCG), Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (MXIM), and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) are down. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]
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..