Stocks higher on rising Japanese GDP

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Major indices are in the green this Monday morning after an eventful weekend here in Charlottesville in which world and media attention were drawn away from the challenges of the Korean situation to focus on domestic terrorism in the forms of white supremacy and fascism. Chinese Internet giant JD.com (JD) is down 5.28% while Micron (MU) is up 3.8%.

West Texas Intermediate crude is trading at $48.99. At present, the S&P 500 is up 0.91%, the DJIA is up 0.63%, and the NASDAQ is up 1.1%.

Here are your Monday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include semiconductors, banks, and capital markets. Industries showing weakness include metals & mining and specialty retail. The VIX is down 18% to 12.69 after closing on Friday at 15.51. The most heavily traded options this morning are for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, (SPY), with 8128 September-15 215 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.62 (675,497/420,426). The advancers/decliners ratio for the NYSE is 2,405/442 and for the NASDAQ 2,142/623.

Symbols: JD MU SPY
Julian Close

Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.

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