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Jill Schlesinger: Pre-Market Watch

The Wall Street sign is juxtaposed against the sculpture on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange
The Wall Street sign is juxtaposed against the sculpture on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday Oct. 3, 2008. Stocks surged while credit markets remained strained Friday ahead of an expected House vote on the government's $700 billion financial rescue plan and after Wells Fargo Co. agreed to buy Wachovia Corp. in a $15.1 billion deal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) AP Photo/Richard Drew

It's probably a good day to sneak off early and head to the beach.

With little economic news on tap today, only hard-core traders are likely to stick around for Quadruple Witching, a quarterly event when contracts for stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and single stock futures all expire.

The day sometimes can lead to market volatility, but in today's case, it's likely to be quiet, especially after yesterday's data download.

If you missed those reports, here's a quick recap:

Weekly jobless claims increased (bad); leading economic indicators increased (good); the Philadelphia Fed's broadest measure of manufacturing conditions plunged from 21.4 in May to 8 in June (very bad); and consumer prices remained subdued (good for consumers, not so good for companies, but probably good for investors, since Fed has ammo to keep interest rates low).

The bottom line was that U.S. stocks closed marginally higher; Asian were mixed, though Japan's Nikkei finished its best week in three months; and European stocks are trading higher, as the Euro maintains its recent gains. U.S. futures are drifting lower.