Wednesdays Vital Data: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Facebook Inc (FB) and Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (VOD)

If you’re still trading today, you’re among the minority. Volume has thinned out considerable this week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Low volume typically brings  a drift higher on Wall Street, and U.S. stock futures are doing just that this morning.

Wednesday’s Vital Data: Apple Inc. (<b><a href='/stocks/AAPL'>AAPL</a></b>), Facebook Inc (<b><a href='/stocks/FB'>FB</a></b>) and Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (<b><a href='/stocks/VOD'>VOD</a></b>)Aside from a smattering of quarterly earnings reports, investors will be eying minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting and reports on durable goods and consumer sentiment.

Heading into the open, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 0.14%, while S&P 500 futures have gained 0.05% and Nasdaq-100 futures have rallied 0.08%.

On the options front, volume was surprisingly robust on Tuesday. Overall, about 18.3 million calls and 12.2 million puts changed hands. On the CBOE, the single-session equity put/call volume ratio ticked lower to 0.58, while the 10-day moving average finally relented it’s hold on multi-week highs and slipped to 0.64.

Diving into Tuesday’s options activity, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) saw increased call options activity following the publication of data on it’s self-driving car program. Meanwhile, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) calls were active as FB stock broke above technical resistance at $180. Finally, Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) trades ex-dividend today, meaning yesterday’s call bonanza was a cash grab by options traders.

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