Ukraine continues to weigh on markets


U.S. markets are down early Wednesday, continuing the trend started with a steep slide early Tuesday afternoon. The S&P 500 is down 0.87% and the Dow is down 0.94%.

Asian markets were down today as concern over tension in the Ukraine grows. The Hang Seng was down 0.26% while the Nikkei was down 1.05%. European were down Wednesday morning with reports of an increase in Russian troops along the Ukrainian border. The FTSE is down 1.12%, and the German Dax is down 1.15%.

Energy futures are up this morning. The West Texas Intermediate crude oil price per barrel is $97.75, up $0.37 and natural gas is unchanged. Metals prices are mixed. Gold is up $5.70 and platinum is down $3.30. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and down against the Yen.

Criteo SA ( CRTO ), Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. ( FOXA ), Tim Hortons Inc. ( THI ), and AOL Inc. ( AOL ) are rising today. Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. ( NUS ), Groupon, Inc.(GRPN) and Sprint Corporation (S) Time Warner Inc. (TWX)are moving down.

Michael Haden is an Options Analyst at InvestorsObserver . He graduated from James Madison University in 1986 with a degree in Marketing. In two decades with Standard & Poor's, Michael honed his analytical skills in the Financial Industry. He has a conservative view toward investing and prefers value stocks to high-fliers with big risk..

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Referenced Stocks: CRTO , FOXA , THI , AOL , NUS

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