Dow Futures Opening Update as on 20 December 2017

U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Wednesday, December 20. The Dow Futures are trading at 24,853.00 for up with +0.31% percent or +78.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures are trading at 2,691.75 for up with +0.29% percent or +7.75 point.The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,521.88 for up with +0.33% percent or +23.01 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 22,891.72 for up with +0.10% percent or +23.72 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 29,204.61 with a loss of –0.17% percent or  –49.05 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,287.61 with  a loss of –0.27% percent or –8.93 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 33,884.89 for up with +0.14% percent or  +48.15 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,530.34 with a loss of –0.18% percent or  –14.13 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 13,191.41 with  a loss of –0.24% percent or  –31.40 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,365.42 with a loss of –0.32% percent or –17.48 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 390.32 witha loss of -0.18% percent or -0.70 point.

Wednesday’s Factors and Events

U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a higher open Wednesday, as investors await the latest in overhauling the U.S. tax system.

Futures rose ahead of the market open, after House Republicans approved sweeping amendments to the U.S. tax code Tuesday.

However, markets remain in wait-and-see mode as members will have to vote on the final bill again on Wednesday, following news that lawmakers appeared to have violated the Byrd Rule, which is a Senate procedural measure

Tuesday’s Activity

U.S. market were lower on Tuesday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,754.75 with a loss of –0.15% percent or –37.45 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,681.47  with a loss of –0.32% percent or –8.69 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 6,963.85 with a loss of  –0.44%percent or  –30.91 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,536.75  with a loss of -0.79% percent or -12.17 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 936.62 with a loss of -0.90% percent or -8.50 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,897.03 with a loss of –0.43% percent or –8.27 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,188.29 with a loss of -0.33% percent or -3.93 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,586.16  with a loss of  –0.36% percent or  –5.80 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,485.15  with a lossof -0.33% percent or -4.91 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,754.75  with a loss of –0.15% percent or –37.45 point.

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