Closing out the day… The stocks ended Tuesday mixed ahead of tonight's State of the Union address. The major indices have been in a relatively tight range since Friday afternoon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 managed to close the day with modest gains, while the Nasdaq was pulled down by a more than 2.5% loss from Apple (AAPL).
Among the high-volume stocks today Bank of America (BAC), JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and Avon Products (AVP) booked gains while Blackberry (BBRY), Facebook (FB) and Coca-Cola (KO) all moved lower. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index closed the day at 12.63 after opening at 13.37. The Put/Call Volume Ratio is at 0.68 while the Put/Call Open Interest ratio is at 0.92. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]