Dow Futures Opening Update as on 23 February 2018

U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Friday, February 23. The Dow Futures are trading at 25,118.00 for up  with +0.42% percent or +105.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures are trading at 2,717.75  for up with +0.23% percent or +6.25 point.The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,811.50 for up with +0.34% percent or +22.75 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 21,892.78  for up with +0.72% percent or  +156.34 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 31,267.17 for up with +0.97% percent or +301.49 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,289.02 for up with +0.63% percent or +20.47 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 34,109.94 for up with +0.86% percent or  +290.44  point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,239.38  with a loss of  -0.18% percent or  -13.01 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 12,471.75 for up with +0.08% percent or  +8.08 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,307.95 with a loss of -0.02% percent or -1.28 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 380.41 for up with +0.02% percent or +0.07 point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

The Dow closed 164.70 points higher at 24,962.48, with United Technologies as its best-performing stock. The 30-stock index rose as much as 358.94 points earlier in the session. Meanwhile, the S&P 500ended Thursday’s session 0.1 percent higher at 2,703.96 after a rollover in the final hour of trading. The broad index gained as much as 1.1 percent.

 “On balance, equities are in a ‘muddle-along’ zone,” said Terry Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “The macro economic environment still looks favorable,” but “we need another round of economic releases to get a better sense of how much inflation is in the marketplace.”

Thursday’s Activity

U.S. market were mixed on Thursday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,962.48 for up with +0.66% percent or +164.70 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,703.96 for up with +0.10% percent or +2.63 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,210.09 with a loss of -0.11% percent or -8.14 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,529.99 with a loss of  -0.12% percent or -1.85 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 934.92  with 0.00% percent or  -0.01 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,881.28 with a loss of -0.15% percent or – 2.76 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at  1,196.37 for up with +0.17% percent or +1.99 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,597.11 for up with +0.05% percent or  +0.78 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,496.78  for up with +0.06% percent or +0.94 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,962.48  for up with +0.66% percent or  +164.70 point.

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