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Take the shades off, pal. The futures aren't


bright. They're mixed.

For those of you just emerging from under a rock, today is Election Day, a hustling, bustling time in which Americans flock to elementary school gymnasiums to vote for the next President of the United States. And ahead of today's heated contest, futures on the


exchange were lower.

As of 7 a.m. EST,

S&P 500 futures

were off 4 to 1142.5, 1.7 points above fair value as calculated by

Prudential Securities


Nasdaq 100 futures

were off 28 to 3303, about 11 points below fair value as calculated by


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after-hours trading. This morning, Cisco was lower in preopen trading on


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In economic news, investors can look forward to some retail figures and a treasury auction. At 8:30 a.m. EST, the

BTM-UBSW Weekly Chain Store Sales will be released, followed by the

Redbook Retail Average at 10 a.m. EST. Later in the afternoon, the results of the


five-year bond auction will be released. For more on economic data, check out's

Economic Databank.

European volume was anemic this morning as the folks across the pond sat on their hands and waited for American markets to open, concerned about how markets will react to today's election. The French and British markets were marginally higher, while the Germans took a hit. London's

FTSE 100

was up 10.9 to 6441.90, while Paris'


rose 1.79 to 6354.03. The

Xetra Dax

fell 87.27 to 7049.03.

In Asia, markets were split. The

Nikkei 225

stumbled 31.11 to 15,340.33, while Hong Kong's

Hang Seng



10 times fast) gained 149.64 to 15,820.79.