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Dow Futures Stall as JPMorgan Faces Billions in New Settlements

Demitrios Kalogeropoulos
September 25, 2013

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

According to stock index futures as of 7:40 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) will open flat this morning, falling a negligible two points to start the trading session. Things were relatively quiet on global exchanges overnight, and stocks in Europe and Asia were little changed.

Investors will get a new reading on home sales at 10 a.m. EDT. The U.S. Census report is expected to show a continuing housing recovery, with new homes selling at an annual rate of 400,000 -- about equal to last month's pace. While that's much improved from the lows set in 2011, housing has a long way to recover yet.

US New Single Family Houses Sold Chart

US New Single Family Houses Sold data by YCharts.

Health care stocks will also be in focus today as prices for the new government-run health care exchanges are released. The pricing represents a big shift for insurers, who no longer have as much flexibility to set prices based on pre-existing conditions, age, or smoking status.

With those bigger trends in mind here are a few individual stock stories to watch for in today's market.

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is prepared to pay billions to settle its legal and regulatory woes. The nation's bigge