Dow Futures Stall as JPMorgan Faces Billions in New Settlementshttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/09/25/dow-futures-stall-as-jpmorgan-faces-billions-in-ne.aspx 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.
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