Stocks, volatility rise


Stocks are higher as the market reopens after the Washington’s Birthday holiday. Bond prices are lower, raising yields, but all the major stock indices are higher, as is the volatility index.

West Texas Intermediate crude is trading at $54.35. At present, the S&P 500 is up 0.56%, the DJIA is up 0.53%, and the NASDAQ is up 0.42%.

Here are your Tuesday-morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include construction and engineering, construction materials and food products. Industries showing weakness include metals and mining, distributors and airlines. The VIX is up 0.36 to 11.84 after closing on Friday at 11.49. The most heavily traded options this morning are for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), with 15,811 contracts of the March 1-expiring 230 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.71. The advancers/decliners ratio for the NYSE is 2,060/691, and for the NASDAQ, 1,486/916.

Symbols: SPY
Bobby Raines

Bobby Raines

Bobby Raines is the Managing Editor of the Market Intelligence Center. He has degrees in Mass Communications and History from Emory & Henry College. Bobby worked at a mid-sized daily newspaper before making a switch to covering the financial industry full time in the years leading up to the financial crisis. He has been a member of the Fresh Brewed Media team since 2011 and has served as a writer and analyst. You can write to him at or follow him on Twitter: @BRatMICenter.

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