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Markets mixed

Stocks have been up and down so far today, as a wide range of political factors are in play today, including threats from the president to send missiles into Syria. This afternoon’s scheduled release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s March meeting could spark some volatility this afternoon.

At present, the S&P 500 is down 0.40%, the DJIA is down 0.75%, and the NASDAQ is down 0.15%.

Industries doing well today include Leisure Products, Energy Equipment & Services, and Diversified Consumer Services. Industries showing weakness include Trading Companies & Distributors, Commercial Services & Supplies, and Capital Markets. The VIX is up 0.01 to 20.48 after closing yesterday at 20.47. The most heavily traded options this morning are for the S&P 500 Index (SPY), with 12,908 Apr 20 250 puts on the board. The total put/call ratio as of 10:00 AM was 0.66 (252,673/381,047). The advancers/decliners ratio for NYSE stocks is 1,465/1,413, while the advancers/decliners ratio for NASDAQ stocks is 1,376/1,512.

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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.