Markets are mixed ahead of the open Monday. President Trump tweeted Sunday “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION” after Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a report detailing the findings of his 22-month inquiry to the Attorney General. Mueller failed to exonerate President Trump, but Attorney General William Barr said there was not enough evidence to pursue an obstruction charge in his four-page letter to Congress. In Britain, members of Parliament are scheduled to vote today on whether to take over Brexit policy from British Prime Minister Theresa May. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and other cabinet members publicly backed May on Sunday, as there is increasing pressure for her to stand down from growing conflict within her cabinet regarding her handling of Brexit. The Dow Jones is down -0.25%, the S&P 500 is down -0.27%, the Nasdaq is down -0.54%.
Today's market outlook is Neutral
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Stocks on the Move
Viacom, Inc. Class B (VIAB), Biogen Inc (BIIB) and Regions Financial Corp (RF) are moving higher this morning, while Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and Western Digital Corp (WDC) are headed lower. Boston Properties, Inc. (BXP), MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (MSL) and TreeHouse Foods Inc. (THS) were upgraded by analysts this morning, while DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH (DLR), Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI) and Bayer AG (BAYRY) were downgraded.
Stocks in Asia are down. The Nikkei 225 is down -3.01%, the Hang Seng is down -2.03%, the Shanghai SE Composite Index is down -1.97% the Australia ASX All Ordinaries is down -1.15% and the Mumbai Sensex is down -0.58%.Stocks in Europe are down. The FTSE 100 is down -0.56%, the CAC 40 is down -0.25%, the DAX is down -0.23% and the Euro Stoxx 50 is down -0.18%.
Futures and Currencies
Energy futures are down today. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is down -0.28 at 58.76 per barrel. Brent crude is down -0.36 at 66.67 per barrel. Natural Gas is down -0.02 at 2.73. Precious metals are up this morning. Gold is up 4.79 at 1323.4 per ounce. Platinum is up 4.99 at 852.22 while silver is up 0.12 at 15.53. The dollar is mixed compared to the major currencies today. The greenback is down against the euro, up against the Yen and up against the Pound.
Yesterday, 1,144,705 call contracts traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) compared to 775,827 put contracts. The single-session put/call was 0.68 while the 20-day moving average is now at 0.62.
Earnings Expected Today
Day's Range:$298.22 - $299.72
52-week Range:$301.13 - $233.76
Day's Range:$271.95 - $273.26
52-week Range:$273.99 - $216.97
Day's Range:$192.29 - $193.60
52-week Range:$194.19 - $143.46
Today's Economic Calendar
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