U.S. stocks are falling this morning after a doctor in New York city was diagnosed with Ebola. The S&P 500 is down 0.33% and the Dow has dropped 0.23%.
Asian markets were mixed on Friday as Japanese stocks led the gainers. The Nikkei rose 1.01% and the Hang Seng fell 0.06%.
After a volatile week, European markets are falling this morning as fears mount that several lenders will fail stress-tests. The FTSE is down 0.48%, and the DAX has dropped 0.78%.
Energy futures are falling Friday. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $81.20 per barrel, down $0.89 and natural gas is down $0.02. Metals prices are up today. Gold is up $4.70 and platinum is up $4.20. The Dollar is down versus the Euro and the Yen.
Chimerix, Inc. (CMRX), Shire plc (SHPG) and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), are early gainers, while Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (EDU) and Pandora Media, Inc. (P) 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..