In today's update:
1) U.S. equities closed mostly higher today as earnings season continued with Morgan Stanley (MS), CSX Corp (CSX), American Express (AXP), IBM (IBM), and EBay (EBAY) all reporting today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 79.40 points, the S&P 500 added 6.07 points while the Nasdaq 100 closed lower by 0.67 points and the Russell 2000 finished higher by 4.60 points.
2) Crude Oil Futures bounced back gaining $0.79 or 1.16% while Gold Futures reversed course midday and managed to close higher by $0.40. The Bond market dropped sharply today pushing the yield on the 10-year treasury note up to 2.875. The U.S. dollar did move slightly higher today but closed well off its high.
3) This morning, both MS and CSX reported better than expected earnings and the share prices gained $1.38 or 2.81% and $4.56 or 7.08% respectively. After market hours, AXP, IBM, and EBAY also announced earnings but are seeing mixed results.