Stocks are near the break-even mark at mid-morning Friday. Volume seems to be on the light side. A lack of new economic news overnight and Hurricane Florence dominating most news coverage seems to have traders willing to coast into the weekend.
At present, the S&P 500 is down 0.01%, the DJIA is up 0.01%, and the NASDAQ is up 0.03%.
Industries doing well today include Auto Components, Capital Markets, and Leisure Products. Industries showing weakness include Multi-Utilities, Electric Utilities, and Tobacco. The VIX is down 0.01 to 12.36 after the previous close of 12.37. The most heavily traded options this morning are for the Emerging Markets Ishares MSCI ETF (EEM), with 23,632 Sep 21 41 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.64 (221,766/344,287). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,264/1,577, while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,484/1,305.
[InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]