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The terrible reversal and fall that stocks took during yesterday afternoon's reversal should keep investors' trigger fingers twitchy heading into today's open. Right now, stock futures are indicating a fractionally lower opening. I suspect if stocks don't firm up quickly, more selling will set in.

Oil prices will continue to be a problem, as crude is inching up to new highs again this morning, despite OPEC's talk of trying to get a $40 price band in place.

We have weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT today; they're expected to decline 5,000 to 325,000. At 10 a.m., leading economic indicators get released.

On the earnings front,



has already reported better-than-expected numbers and raised full-year guidance. Other names reporting today include a few retailers such as


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for $1.9 billion, or around $21 per share. AFCI closed yesterday at $17.15.

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Steven Smith writes regularly for In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks. He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. He was a seatholding member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) from May 1989 to August 1995. During that six-year period, he traded multiple markets for his own personal account and acted as an executing broker for third-party accounts. He invites you to send your feedback to