U.S. markets are headed up Friday morning as investors await the Alibaba IPO. The S&P 500 is up 0.25% and the Dow is up 0.39%.
Asian markets finished mostly higher Friday with Japanese stocks leading the way. The Hang Seng was up 0.57% and the Nikkei rose 1.58%.
European stocks are moving up today after Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom. The FTSE is up 0.56%, and the DAX is up 0.33%.
Energy futures are down today. West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $91.74 per barrel, down $0.24 and natural gas is down $0.04. Metals prices are down. Gold is off $3.40 and platinum is down $2.40. 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..