Economic data helps fuel higher open Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market. Better than expected economic data - including housing starts and building permits numbers that blew away expectations and a subdued consumer price index - has made investors optimistic enough to push the market higher. Although the U.S. economy appears to chugging along, investors will continue to watch for headlines suggesting that the problems in the world's geopolitical "hot spots" are worsening.
Vanguard REIT ETF volatility at upper end of three-year range Vanguard REIT ETF overall option implied volatility of 18 compares to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exploration and Production ETF volatility flat SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exploration and Production ETF overall option implied volatility of 39 compares to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement as WIT oil is at a six-year low.