Indices hold ground in early trade

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    Mid-Morning Market Recap
    by TradeTheNews Staff

    - US equities are trading mixed to lower, but relative strength can be found within the Dow Jones Transportation Average. A FedEx upgraded +3% and continued strength in the airlines (AMR +4% CAL +4% JBLU +2% LCC +2%) have helped the average add more than 1%. Shares of AMTD are higher by 5.5% post earnings, and that is helping lift some of the other online brokers. OXPS +1.5% TRAD +2.7% ETFC +1% Homebuilders are seeing some selling after CTX –2.2% was the latest name to lower guidance. TOL –1.3% RYL –1.5% LEN –1.6% PHM –1% There has also been some profit taking in tech land after SYMC –8% cut guidance and ahead of INTC’s earnings release after the close. INTC –1.25% NSM –2.4% MU –1.8% SMH –1.2%

    - Crude futures are again a major focus as the Feb contract trades down another 2.3% to $51.55. Oil began selling off earlier this morning after a Saudi Minister said there was no need for an emergency OPEC meeting at this time. The Oil Service Index is down a little less than 1% in sympathy. XOM –1.2% is on of the biggest drags on the Dow. As crude has moved to new session lows Gold has given back some early profits. Feb Gold is currently down fractionally at $624.30. Silver is also near session lows down nearly 2%.

    - US Treasuries firmed following a weaker than expected January Empire Manufacturing reading but yields have since drifted up from their lowest levels. 30-year +6/32 at 4.847%; 10-year +5/32 at 4.753%; 2-year +1/32 at 4.859% The US Dollar has been firming throughout the morning as lower Crude continues to buoy the Greenback. The Dollar has pushed back above 1.17 against the Canadian Dollar after the BOC left interest rates unchanged. USD/JPY 120.70 +0.25%; GPB/USD 1.96 –0.25%; EUR/USD 1.2925 –0.1%