U.S. markets are down slightly as the week begins. The S&P 500 is down 0.09% and the Dow is down 0.05%.
Asian markets were mixed on Monday as Chinese industrial growth numbers indicated a weak economic recovery. The Hang Seng was down 0.97% and the Nikkei was up 0.25%.
Following the bad news from China, European stocks are mixed to start the morning. The FTSE is down 0.04%, and the DAX is up 0.20%.
Energy futures are mixed today. West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $91.65 per barrel, down $0.62 and natural gas is up $0.02. Metals prices are rising. Gold is up $5.80 and platinum is up $4.60. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and down against the Yen.
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..