Stocks are generally higher Monday morning. Consumer and producer price data are scheduled to be released later this week, which could re-ignite fears about inflation, but, barring some new political developments, this may be a relatively quiet week for the markets in terms of news.
At present, the S&P 500 is down 0.02%, the DJIA is down 0.25%, and the NASDAQ is up 0.32%.
Industries doing well today include Household Durables, Real Estate Management & Development, and Media. Industries showing weakness include Aerospace & Defense, Machinery, and Electrical Equipment. The VIX is up 1.34 to 15.98 after closing yesterday at 14.64. The most heavily traded options this morning are for General Electric (GE), with 17,344 Mar. 16 15 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.66 (256,519/403,202). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,557/1,325, while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,595/1,291.