Stocks climb as Europe declines


After the Open... Stocks are climbing this morning, following Asian and European markets which rallied after Europe failed to enact sanctions against Russia . Shares of Apple ( AAPL ) are up slightly after a reasonably good, but mostly unexciting earnings report from the technology giant. The Dow is mostly flat, but technology issues are pushing the S&P 500, as well as the Nasdaq, higher.

Here are your Wednesday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include Airlines, Biotechnology and Tech Hardware. Industries showing weakness include Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment, Electronic Equipment and Communications Equipment.

The VIX is down 6.7% to 11.41 after closing on Tuesday at 12.24. Microsoft ( MSFT ) options are the most actively traded today, with 40,692 August 47 calls changing hands, apparently initiated as buys as well as 30,434 August 48 calls, apparently initiated as sells. The put-call volume ratio is 0.71, (611,431/432,652). NYSE Adv/Dec 1,625/1,278. Nasdaq Adv/Dec 1,284/1,108. 

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: AAPL , MSFT

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