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Stocks fall, but GM rises

Stocks are mostly lower Tuesday morning. Although General Motors (GM) is providing a bright spot, up more than 4.5% on reports that it could sell some of its European brands.

West Texas Intermediate crude is trading at $53.45. At present, the S&P 500 is down .21%, the DJIA is down .05%, and the NASDAQ is down 0.20%.

Here are your Tuesday-morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include automobiles, health care technology, and banks. Industries showing weakness include independent power and renewable electricity producers, metals and mining, and building products. The VIX is up 0.20 to 11.27 after closing on Monday at 11.07. The most heavily traded options this morning are for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), with 30,039 February 24-expiring 232 calls on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 11:00 AM was 0.69. The advancers/decliners ratio for the NYSE is 941/1,945, and for the NASDAQ, 1,123/1,492.

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Bobby Raines

Bobby Raines is the Managing Editor of the Market Intelligence Center. He has degrees in Mass Communications and History from Emory & Henry College. Bobby worked at a mid-sized daily newspaper before making a switch to covering the financial industry full time in the years leading up to the financial crisis. He has been a member of the Fresh Brewed Media team since 2011 and has served as a writer and analyst. You can write to him at braines@marketintelligencecenter.com or follow him on Twitter: @BRatMICenter.