Closing out the day… The stocks ended higher Tuesday after reports of talks between Office Max (OMX) and Office Depot (ODP) helped boost investor sentiment. Continued deal making suggests that there is still value to be found despite the major indices being at or near five-year highs.
Among the high-volume stocks today Google (GOOG), Bank of America (BAC), and Facebook (FB) booked gains while Humana (HUM), Walmart (WMT) and United Health Group (UNH) all moved lower. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index closed the day at 12.29 after opening at 12.81. The Put/Call Volume Ratio is at 0.81 while the Put/Call Open Interest ratio is at 0.93. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]