Morning Update: Stocks drift higher

First Look

Futures trading indicates a higher open for U.S. stocks Friday. With little in the way of news overnight, it seems like traders are content to continue yesterday’s rally. The Nasdaq is up 0.32%, the S&P 500 is up 0.14%, the Dow Jones is up 0.13%.

Today's market outlook is Neutral

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Stocks on the Move

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN) and L Brands Inc (LB) are moving higher this morning, while NiSource Inc. (NI), CROWN CASTLE In/SH SH (CCI) and Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) are headed lower. Parker-Hannifin Corp (PH), Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) and Corning Incorporated (GLW) were upgraded by analysts this morning, while DDR Corp (DDR), Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (TNDM) and Dunkin Brands Group Inc (DNKN) were downgraded.

International Markets

Stocks in Asia are mixed. The Nikkei 225 is up 1.2%, the Hang Seng is up 1.01%, the Mumbai Sensex is up 0.99% the Australia ASX All Ordinaries is up 0.58% and the Shanghai SE Composite Index is down -0.18%. In Europe stocks are up. The DAX is up 0.28%, the CAC 40 is up 0.24%, the FTSE 100 is up 0.21% and the Euro Stoxx 50 is up 0.07%.

Futures and Currencies

Energy futures are mixed today. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is up 0.27 at 68.86 per barrel. Brent crude is up 0.09 at 78.27 per barrel. Natural Gas is down -0.01 at 2.81. Precious metals are mixed this morning. Gold is up 1.3 at 1203.4 per ounce. Platinum is up 6.49 at 806.52 while silver is down -0.01 at 14.23. 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, 1,340,299 call contracts traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) compared to 669,873 put contracts. The single-session put/call was 0.50 while the 20-day moving average is now at 0.6.

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Today's Economic Calendar

What's Happening Period Release Time
Retail Sales Aug 08:30
Export Prices Aug 08:30
Import Prices Aug 08:30
Industrial Production Aug 09:15
Capacity Utilization Aug 09:15
Business Inventories Jul 10:00
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