Stocks lack direction as traders stew


After the Open... All indices are very slightly down this Thursday morning as investors turn pensive. Stock investors have done well for themselves in this recovery, but the market knows very well that others have not done nearly so well. A sagging real estate market is weighing on traders' minds today, in addition to the usual concerns over foreign wars and what the Fed will do.

Here are your Thursday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include Multi-Utilities, Electric Utilities and Health Care Providers. Industries showing weakness include Textiles/Apparel, Metals/Mining, and Internet and Catalog Retail.

The VIX is up 4.8% to 12.35 after closing on Wednesday at 11.78. Apple ( AAPL ) options are the most actively traded again today, with 50K November 110 calls and 50K November 110 puts changing hands. The put-call volume ratio is 1.09, (538,553/589,493). NYSE Adv/Dec 1,034/1,938. Nasdaq Adv/Dec 737/1,719. 

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

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