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S&P 500 Tests Support at its 14-Day Moving Average
By: Schaeffer's Investment Research
Wall Street showed its
Tuesday, after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unveiled
the minutes from its latest meeting, and traders seem poised to
follow in those footsteps today. A few interesting developments
could unfold throughout the session, in the form of:
- the deluge of economic data set to hit the Street, with the Automatic Data Processing ( ADP ) payrolls report in early focus,
- the depleting interest in Spanish bonds , and
- a face-off between the S&P 500 Index ( SPX ) and its recently supportive 14-day moving average .
Heading into today's busy session, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are flirting with a triple-digit loss right out of the gate.
And now, on to the numbers...
Currencies and Commodities
- The U.S. dollar index is pointed 0.2% higher this morning, with the greenback trading at $79.66.
- Ahead of inventories, crude oil is in retreat mode , with the front-month contract 0.8% lower at $103.20 per barrel.
- Elsewhere, gold futures are on pace to swallow a 2.3% loss in today's session, with gold for June delivery last seen at $1,633.50 an ounce.
After last night's close, SanDisk Corporation (SNDK - 50.05) downwardly revised its fiscal first-quarter revenue outlook, citing weak pricing and demand. For the quarter ended April 1, the data storage issue is now calling for revenue to arrive around $1.2 billion, down from its previous projection for $1.3 billion to $1.35 billion. SNDK also expects gross margin to fall below its prior 39% to 42% forecast. Analysts, meanwhile, are calling for revenue of $1.34 billion. SNDK is scheduled to release its full earnings results on Thursday, April 19. SNDK is down 6.8% in pre-market trading.
Meanwhile, Mitcham Industries (MIND - 24.32) banked a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $10.2 million, or 77 cents per share, up from $1.8 million, or 17 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Meanwhile, revenue jumped by 88% to $37 million. Specifically, equipment leasing revenues -- excluding equipment sales -- rose by 87%, while Seamap equipment sales climbed by 78%. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of 57 cents per share on sales of $31 million. MIND is up 11% ahead of the bell.
Earnings and Economic Data
Jobs data starts to trickle in today, with the release of ADP's private-sector payrolls report for March. Also on tap is the ISM services index , and the usual update on crude inventories . The earnings calendar includes reports from Acuity Brands ( AYI ), AngioDynamics ( ANGO ), Monsanto ( MON ) , PriceSmart (PSMT), and Ruby Tuesday (RT) . Keep your browser at SchaeffersResearch.com for more news as it breaks.
Asian markets ended lower today, tracking Tuesday's gloomy session on Wall Street. A stronger U.S. dollar weighed on energy and resource stocks, while Fast Retailing led the laggards in Tokyo after a disappointing same-store sales report. Traders also digested another round of anxiety-inducing economic data, as Australia swung to a surprise trade deficit in February on weaker coal shipments to China. By the close, Japan's Nikkei fell 2.3%, and South Korea's Kospi shed 1.5%. Markets in China and Hong Kong are closed for holiday.
The selling mood has spread to Europe, with the major regional benchmarks planted firmly south of breakeven at midday. Banks are among the notable decliners, thanks to a lackluster bond sale by fiscally strapped Spain. Meanwhile, as widely expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) opted to hold its main lending rate steady at the current record low of 1%. At last check, London's FTSE 100 has lost 1.3%, the French CAC 40 is off 1.5%, and the German DAX is down 1.7%.
Equity option activity on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) saw 1,175,201 call contracts traded on Tuesday, compared to 692,535 put contracts. The resultant single-session put/call ratio arrived at 0.59, while the 21-day moving average was 0.60.
Unusual Put and Call Activity:
Unusual Put and Call Activity:
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