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U.S. stocks are up slightly this morning. The S&P 500 is up 0.04% and the Dow is up 0.05%. Investors await the 10:00 a.m. release of the minutes from the last meeting of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee.

Asian markets were mixed Wednesday as Japanese stocks rose for the eighth straight day. The Shanghai Composite was down 0.23% and the Nikkei rose 0.03%. European stocks are mostly down today after a two-day rally. The FTSE is down 0.37%, and the DAX is down 0.29%.

Energy futures are mixed this morning. The West Texas Intermediate crude oil price per barrel is $93.22, up $0.36 and natural gas is down $0.04. Metals prices are down. Gold is down $1.00 and platinum is down $6.60. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and the Yen.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. ( AEO ), Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.( FCS ), and PetSmart, Inc.( PETM ), are up today. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. ( HTZ ), Halcon Resources Corp. ( BBL ) and La-Z-Boy Incorporated ( LZB ) are 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..

This article was originally published on MarketIntelligeneCenter.com

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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