U.S. stocks are creeping up Friday morning after falling sharply Thursday. The S&P 500 is up 0.11% and the Dow is up 0.18%.
Asian markets were mixed Friday as stocks steadied after a difficult week, with investors attributing losses to international conflict, high stock prices, and concern over asset seizures in Russia. The Shanghai Composite was up 0.11% while the Nikkei was down 0.88%.
European markets are climbing this morning. The FTSE is up 0.13%, and the DAX is up 0.07%.
Energy futures are mixed today. West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $93.14 per barrel, up $0.61 and natural gas is down $0.03. Metals prices are moving down. Gold is down $1.40 and platinum is down $4.40. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and 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..