Closing out the day… Stocks ended the day modestly lower Wednesday after the Commerce Department reported a 0.2% contraction in GDP for the fourth quarter.
Among the high-volume stocks today Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB) and Chesapeake Energy (CHK) booked gains while Research in Motion (RIMM), ExxonMobil (XOM) and Bank of America (BAC) all moved lower. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index closed the day at 14.16 after opening at 13.64. The Put/Call Volume Ratio is at 0.93 while the Put/Call Open Interest ratio is at 0.90. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]