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Global markets move down

U.S. stocks pointing lower this morning as markets around the world slip. The S&P 500 is down 0.21%, while the Dow is down 0.20%.  Non farm payrolls grew by 178,000 jobs in November after increasing 161,000 in October. The unemployment rate fell to 4.6%.

Asian stocks ended lower Friday as a stronger yen weakened the Nikkei. The Shanghai was down 0.90% and the Nikkei was down 0.47%.

In Europe, markets are down today ahead of Sunday’s constitutional referendum in Italy. The FTSE is down 0.85%, while the DAX is down 1.03%.

Energy futures are moving down. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is down $0.67 to $50.39 per barrel, while natural gas is down $0.04 to $3.46. Metals prices are higher. Gold is up $4.20 to $1,173.60 per ounce and platinum is up $5.80 to $917.10. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and down against the Yen.

Five Below, Inc.  (FIVE),ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (ULTA),and Chesapeake Energy Corporation     (CHK) are early risers, while Workday, Inc.  (WDAY),Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (SWHC),and SM Energy Company (SM) are down. [InvestorsKeyhole, various news and data sources]

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Michael Haden

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.