Dow Futures Opening Update as on 18 December 2017

U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Monday, December 18. The Dow Futures are trading at 24,796.00 for up with +0.48% percent or +119.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures are trading at 2,691.12 for up with +0.34% percent or +9.12 point.The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,534.63 for up with +0.56% percent or +80.06 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 22,901.77 for up with +1.55% percent or +348.55 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 29,050.41 for up with +0.70% percent or  +202.30 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,267.92 for up with +0.05% percent or +1.79 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 33,601.68 for up with +0.41% percent or  +138.71 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,521.71 for up with +0.41% percent or +30.99 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 13,286.42 for up with +1.41% percent or +186.93 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,412.71 for up with +1.18% percent or + 62.86 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 391.33 for up with +0.81% percent or +3.16 point.

Monday’s Factors and Events

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday amid growing optimism that Republican lawmakers would be able to revamp the corporate tax system. Wall Street also looked to the Federal Reserve as its two-day policy meeting kicked off.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 118.77 points to 24,504.80, boosted by gains in Boeing and Verizon. The index also posted intraday and closing record highs.

The S&P 500 gained 0.1 percent to close at 2,664.11, notching intraday and closing all-time highs, with telecommunications and financials outperforming

Friday’s Activity

U.S. market were higher on Friday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,651.74 for up with +0.58% percent or +143.08 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,675.81 for up with +0.90% percent or +23.80 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 6,936.58 for up with +1.17% percent or +80.06 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,530.42 for up with +1.56% percent or +23.47 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 932.63 for up with +1.75% percent or +16.08 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,886.67 for up with +1.05% percent or +19.53 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,582.08  for up with +0.95% percent or +14.82 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,582.08 for up with +0.95% percent or +14.82 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,481.51 for up with +0.90% percent or +13.16  point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,651.74 for up with +0.58% percent or +143.08 point.

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