U.S. markets are in negative territory Monday morning after finishing last week on a down note. The S&P 500 and the Dow are each down 0.13%.
Asian markets were mixed Monday as Hong Kong stocks continued their five-day rise. The Hang Seng was up 0.88% while the Mumbai Sensex was down 0.52%.In Europe, markets are mostly down today. The FTSE is down 0.02%, and the German DAX is down 0.31%.
Energy futures are down today. The West Texas Intermediate crude oil price per barrel is $101.73, down $0.36 and natural gas is down less than a penny. Metals prices are moving up today. Gold is up $2.20, and platinum is up $11.40. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and the Yen.
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..