U.S. markets are mixed today. The S&P 500 is up 0.01% at last check, and the Dow is down 0.02%. At 10:00 a.m the report on sales of existing U.S. homes in May will be released.
In Asia markets were mostly down this morning despite a strong showing of Chinese manufacturing activity. The Shanghai Composite was down 0.11%, while the Hang Seng dropped 1.68%.
In Europe markets are down today. The FTSE is down 0.18%, and the CAC 40 is down 0.24%.
Energy futures are down this morning. West Texas Intermediate crude oil is down $0.09, and natural gas is down $0.03. In metals, gold is down $2.00, and platinum is off $7.80. The Dollar is down versus both the Euro and the Yen.
Lululemon Athletica Inc. ( LULU ), Integrys Energy GroupInc. ( TEG ), Burlington Stores, Inc. ( BURL ), are up today. Meritor, Inc. ( MTOR ), Rockwood Holdings, Inc. ( ROC ), National Bank of Greece SA ( NBG ), are down. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]
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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