Major indices are mixed this Friday morning after a huge, 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Mexico. That makes three major disasters on traders’ minds as the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey mounts and Hurricane Irma takes aim at Miami. Symantec (SYMC) is up 3.8% after a huge data breach at Equifax.
Here are your Friday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include healthcare technology, trading companies, and capital markets. Industries showing weakness include professional services, metals & mining, and media. The VIX is up 5.9% to 12.23 after closing on Thursday at 11.55. The most heavily traded options this morning are for The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI), with 10,000 January-19 64 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.75 (357,323/269,391). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,233/1,544, while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,199/1,438.