1) earnings news is not so bright as Chevron implied third quarter profit would fall short of forecasts due to lower earnings from their refining division, which will likely affect other major integrated oil companies like Exxon and Royal Dutch.
Cloud computing company Citrix issued a downside pre-announcement. Not clear why Citrix warned, but some have speculated that Microsoft is making inroads into their business. VMWare down in sympathy.
2) The NYSE announced that they anticipate their merger with ICE will close on November 4th. This is contingent on receiving the final round of approvals from the five national regulators in the countries in which Euronext operates (Portugal, U.K., Belgium, France, Netherlands).
3) Borgata, the New Jersey casino owned by Boyd Gaming and MGM, announced that they had become the first to be granted an online gaming license.
4) A handful of IPOs on deck:
a) Western Refining Logistics (WNRL), a Master Limited Partnership that owns oil pipelines in the southwestern U.S., priced 13.75 million shares - more than the 12.5 million expected - at $22 each, above $19 to $21 range.
b) Antero Resources (AR), an independent shale oil and gas producer priced 35.7 million shares - more than the 30 million expected - at $44 apiece, above $38 to $42 talk.
On the Nasdaq, an oncology biopharmaceutical company, MacroGenics (MGNX) priced five million shares at $16 each, in line with $16 price talk.
—By CNBC's Bob Pisani