U.S. markets are higher this morning as stocks in China are on the rise. The S&P is up 0.21%, and the Dow is up 0.22%.
Asian markets finished mixed Monday as an official announcement of a trading link between mainland China and Hong Kong is expected this week. The Shanghai was up 2.44% while the Nikkei was down 0.30%.
In Europe, stocks are moving up today with automobile and financial shares leading the way. The FTSE is up 0.36%, while the The DAX is up 0.43%.
Energy futures are mixed. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is down $0.01 to $44.48 per barrel, while natural gas is up $0.01 to $2.59. Metals prices are mixed today. Gold is up $2.50 to $1,345.70 per ounce and platinum is down $0.10 at $1,129.20. The Dollar is down versus the Euro and the Yen.
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY), Vuzix Corporation (VUZI), and Sysco Corporation (SYY) are early risers, while Resolute Energy Corporation (REN), Corning Inc. (GLW). and Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) are down. [InvestorsKeyhole, news and data sources]