U.S. Markets creeping up Wednesday

U.S. markets are moving up Wednesday morning after starting the week with a two-day slide. The S&P 500 is up 0.27% and the Dow is up 0.24%. 

Asian markets finished mixed Wednesday. The Hang Seng was up 0.37%  while the Nikkei was down 0.24%.

European stocks are lower this morning after a weak reading of German business confidence. The FTSE is down 0.28%, and the DAX is off 0.48%. 

Energy futures are down today. West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $91.31 per barrel, down $0.25 and natural gas is up $0.02. Metals prices are mixed. Gold is down $0.10 and platinum is up $2.00. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and down versus the Yen.

HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) and China Telecom Corp. Ltd.   (CHA), are up. AAR Corp.  (AIR), Newell Rubbermaid Inc.  (NWL) and Opko Health, Inc. (OPK) are down.

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..

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