Market unimpressed by economic numbers, invasion


After the Open... After rising in the pre-market, stocks now appear to be falling, but the day is still young. A spate of economic numbers released today were, as usual, contradictory and hard to parse. Personal spending fell in July, but consumer sentiment appears to have improved quite a bit in August, rising to 82.5, its highest level since July of 2007. The long awaited Russian invasion of Ukraine has now actually happened, and if anything, the market is relieved. Surety can always be dealt with more easily than uncertainty.

Here are your Friday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include Semiconductors, Consumer Finance and Real Estate Management. Industries showing weakness include Construction/Engineering, Textiles/Apparel, and Leisure Products.

The VIX is up 2.3% to 12.33 after closing on Thursday at 12.05. Occidental Petroleum ( OXY ) options are the most actively traded again today, with 25K November 110 calls, 20K November 115 calls, 16K January 125 calls and 16K January 115 calls changing hands. The put-call volume ratio is 0.96, (406,294/389,794). NYSE Adv/Dec 1,433/1,505. Nasdaq Adv/Dec 1,164/1,241. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources] 

Julian Close has been a business writer since the first day of the twenty-first century, having written for PRA International and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. He became a stockbroker in 1993, but now works for Fresh Brewed Media and uses his powers only for good. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC .

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Referenced Stocks: OXY

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