Market Wrap Up

The U.S.-based indices closed mixed this afternoon. Asian stocks closed mixed in the overnight session as equities in Europe closed mostly lower this morning.

While markets meander in range bound trading, participants are receiving an earful with respect to geo-political commentary and proposed action in addition to rhetoric concerning crude oil. Theresa May's government announced this morning that Britain will prepare to initiate Article 50 on March 29, 2017.  Conversation from the European continent included opinion on the Greek debt situation and the overall handling of the economy by the ECB.  In the U.S., traders were provided a glimpse into he hearing process between FBI director Comey and the House intelligence committe.