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04.02.2011
16:00
Dow +9.84 at 12072.10, Nasdaq +7.22 at 2761.10, S&P +1.21 at 1308.31

    The dollar index is trading near session highs, but this is only weighing on select commodities as half of the commodities in the CRB Commodity Index are higher. Most commodity segments are mixed this morning such as soft, energy, industrial, grains and livestock.


Sugar futures are leading the CRB Index this morning with almost 3% in gains after plunging over 10% during yesterday's trading session. It closed about 9.3% lower. Volatility in sugar over the last few days initially stemmed from Cyclone Yasi near Australia, which threatened the country's sugar crop. In current trade, sugar is up 2.4% at 32.82 cents/lb.

Energy markets are mixed with crude in positive territory and RBOB gasoline, heating oil and natural gas lower. March crude oil moved into positive territory over four hours ago and hit session highs of $91.67 per barrel just after pit trading began. Crude is currently up 0.8% at $91.24 per barrel.

March natural gas pulled back around the top of the hour, falling back in to negative territory. It's now back near session lows of $4.29 per MMBtu, currently at $4.32 per MMBtu, down 0.3%.

Precious metals are trading higher this morning with silver the second best performer in the CRB Index. April gold began to move higher when pit trade opened and pushed into positive territory. It hit new session highs of $1358.50 per ounce and is now 0.3% higher at $1358.00 per ounce. March silver is up 1.8% at $29.25 per ounce.


15:29
Dow +4.47 at 12067.22, Nasdaq +5.96 at 2760.84, S&P +0.19 at 1307.21

    Stocks have recovered from an early slip. The S&P 500 and the Dow are now flat, but the Nasdaq is actually up to a modest gain. The Nasdaq is currently led by large-cap tech issues like Apple (AAPL 346.25, +2.84) and Research In Motion (RIMM 64.28, +1.61).


With stocks catching a bid, Treasuries have extended their recent slide. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Note is now to a multi-month high above 3.60%.

Advancing Sectors: Consumer Discretionary (+0.6%), Tech (+0.3%), Industrials (+0.2%), Materials (+0.1%), Consumer Staples (+0.1%)
Unchanged: Energy, Health Care
Declining Sectors: Utilities (-0.7%), Telecom (-0.4%), Financial (-0.4%)

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