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Stocks mixed as Ford lifts DJIA

Major indices are mixed this Wednesday morning as shares of Ford (F) are up slightly — 0.2% — after rising by more than 2% on Tuesday. Ford’s rise is due both to strong September sales data as well as a higher forecast profit margin. In other news, Mylan (MYL) is up 17.6% and Teva (TEVA) pharmaceuticals is down 12.3% after the FDA’s surprise decision to allow Teva to produce a generic version of Copaxone, Teva’s blockbuster MS drug.

West Texas Intermediate crude is trading at $50.26. At present, the S&P 500 is down 0.01%, the DJIA is up 0.06%, and the NASDAQ is up 0.07%.

Here are your Tuesday morning market metrics. Industries doing well today include internet & catalog retail, tobacco, and airlines. Industries showing weakness include commercial services, diversified consumer services, and construction materials. The VIX is up 3.5% to 9.81 after closing on Tuesday at 9.51. The most heavily traded options this morning are the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME), with 4,980 November-17 32 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.82 (240,533/198,227). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,256/1,523, while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,310/1,371.

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