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Higher and higher

Major indices are in the green this Tuesday morning as traders consider where most of the consumer holiday money is headed. Oil prices have fallen a bit since this time yesterday, but gold is still near $1,300 per ounce and Bitcoin is now trading at $9,950. Roku (ROKU) is up 4.6% today after positive analyst comments, and Buffalo Wind Wings (BWLD) is up 6.4%.

West Texas Intermediate crude is trading at $57.98. At present, the S&P 500 is up 0.22%, the DJIA is up 0.29%, and the NASDAQ is up 0.07%.

Industries doing well today include electrical equipment, communications equipment, and auto components. Industries showing weakness include healthcare technology, diversified consumer services, and independent power. The VIX is up 0.3% to 9.84 after closing on Monday at 9.87. The most heavily traded options this morning are for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), with 15,015 December-29 266 calls and 15,000 December-20 267 calls on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.72 (290,231/210,253). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,619/1,181 while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,519/1,255.

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Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.