U.S. stocks are down slightly to start the week. The S&P 500 is down 0.28% and the Dow is off 0.57%.
Asian stocks were up on Monday as Tokyo markets rallied for big gains. The Nikkei was up 3.98% and the Hang Seng rose 0.20%.
European markets continue to move lower this morning. The FTSE is down 0.98%, and the DAX is off 1.36%.
Energy futures are mixed today. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $82.16 per barrel, up $0.10 and natural gas is down $0.08. Metals prices are mostly up so far today. Gold is up $7.20 and platinum has gained $10.90. The Dollar is down versus the Euro and the Yen.
AFLAC Inc. (AFL), BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) and Halliburton Company, Inc. (HAL), are early gainers, while NCR Corp. (NCR), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Hasbro Inc.(HAS) are falling.
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..