U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Thursday, April 05.The Dow Futures are trading at 24,319.00 for up  with +0.22% percent or +54.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures are trading at  2,656.75  for up with +0.37% percent or  +9.75 point. The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,619.25  for up with +0.56%  percent or +36.75  point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 21,645.42  for up with +1.53% percent or  +325.87 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 29,518.69  with a loss of -2.19% percent or -661.41 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,131.11  with a loss of -0.18% percent or  -5.52 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 33,493.81 for up with +1.44% percent or  +474.74 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,117.88  for up with +1.19% percent or +83.87 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 12,142.36 for up with +1.54% percent or  +184.46 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,219.79 for up with +1.52% percent or +78.00 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 372.30  for up with +1.36% percent or +5.02 point.

Thursday’s Factors and Events

U.S. stock index futures posted solid gains ahead of Thursday’s open, following a roller coaster session seen during the previous trading day.

The moves in pre-market trade come after a wild trading day on Wall Street Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up over 200 points, having rallied more than 700 points from its session low. Other major indexes erased losses to finish on a positive note too.

 Markets have been on edge during recent sessions amid concerns of a potential trade war between China and the U.S. On Wednesday, China announced fresh tariffs on 106 U.S. products, including cars, whisky and soybeans — less than 24 hours after the U.S. administration issued a list of Chinese imports that it would target.

Stocks bounced back however as the U.S. administration tried to play down concerns over a trade war between the two major consumer nations.

 Wednesday’s Activity

U.S. market were higher on Wednesday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,264.30 for up  with +0.96% percent or  +230.94 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,644.69 for up with +1.16% percent or +30.24 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,042.11  for up with +1.45% percent or  +100.83 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,531.66 for up  with +1.29% percent or +19.51 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 942.06 for up with +1.20% percent or+11.14 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,876.78 for up with +0.88% percent or  +16.41 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,159.76 for up with +1.18% percent or +13.50 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,567.09 for up with +1.15% percent or + 17.76 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,466.24 for up with +1.13% percent or +16.44 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,264.30  for up with +0.96% percent or +230.94 point.