More jobs, fewer houses, and no clear direction


After the Open... Unemployment data came in lower again this week, but the good news was offset by poor housing starts data. After a record high close on Wednesday, the Dow is just slightly in positive territory today, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq are slightly lower.

Here are your Thursday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include Health Care Providers, Software, and Tobacco. Industries showing weakness include Leisure Products, Semiconductors & Semi Equipment, and Hotels / Restaurants.

The VIX is unchanged at 11. Blackberry ( BBRY ) options are the most actively traded today, with 20,429 September 12 calls changing hands. These appear to have been initiated as buys. The put-call volume ratio is 0.8, (637,799/508,465). NYSE Adv/Dec 1,184/1,653. Nasdaq Adv/Dec 841/1,401. [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: BBRY

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