Morning Update: Major Indices Rising Ahead of the Bell

First Look

Stocks are rising ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Liu He, one of China’s top trade negotiators, scheduled for this afternoon. Investors seem optimistic as trade talks continue, with many viewing the meeting between the two as a positive sign. The Mar. 1 deadline on additional tariffs on Chinese goods may be extended if headway can be made on memorandums of understanding regarding agriculture, services, technology, and intellectual property. China has proposed purchasing more than $30 billion in agricultural products as part of a deal. Pressure is mounting on both sides to make a deal. The Nasdaq is down -0.07%, the S&P 500 is down -0.22%, the Dow Jones is down -0.25%.

Today's market outlook is Neutral

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Stocks on the Move

Trade Desk Inc (TTD), Wayfair Inc (W) and Universal Display Corporation (OLED) are moving higher this morning, while Inc. (STMP), Kraft Heinz Co (KHC) and Roku Inc (ROKU) are headed lower. Citigroup Inc (C), Planet Fitness Inc (PLNT) and Dropbox Inc (DBX) were upgraded by analysts this morning, while Inc. (STMP), Kraft Heinz Co (KHC) and Roku Inc (ROKU) were downgraded.

International Markets

Stocks in Asia are mixed. The Shanghai SE Composite Index is up 1.91%, the Hang Seng is up 0.65%, the Australia ASX All Ordinaries is up 0.44% the Mumbai Sensex is down -0.07% and the Nikkei 225 is down -0.18%. In Europe stocks are up. The FTSE 100 is up 0.73%, the DAX is up 0.56%, the CAC 40 is up 0.45% and the Euro Stoxx 50 is up 0.35%.

Futures and Currencies

Energy futures are mixed today. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is up 0.81 at 57.77 per barrel. Brent crude is up 0.61 at 67.68 per barrel. Natural Gas is down -0.01 at 2.69. Precious metals are mixed this morning. Gold is up 2.57 at 1326.2 per ounce. Platinum is up 10.77 at 833.98 while silver is down -0.01 at 15.9. The dollar is up compared to the major currencies today. The greenback is up against the euro, up against the Yen and up against the Pound.

Put/Call Ratio

Yesterday, 869,622 call contracts traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) compared to 572,259 put contracts. The single-session put/call was 0.66 while the 20-day moving average is now at 0.61.

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