Dow Futures Opening Update as on 16 April 2018

U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Monday, April 16.The The Dow Futures are trading at 24,476.00 for up with +0.58% percent or +140.00 point.  The S&P 500 Futures are trading at  2,672.50 for up with +0.57% percent or  +15.25 point. The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,681.00 for up  with +0.61% percent or +40.25 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 21,835.53 for up  with +0.26% percent or  +56.79 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 30,230.59 with a loss of -1.88% percent or -577.79 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,110.65  with a loss of -1.53% percent or  -48.40 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 34,182.97 with a loss of -0.028% percent or  ?9.68  point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,239.59 with a loss of  -0.34% percent or ?24.97 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 12,465.96 for up  with +0.19% percent or  +23.56 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,319.07  for up with +0.19% percent or +9.85  point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 379.07  with a loss of -0.04% percent or -0.15 point.

Monday’s Factors and Events

The moves in pre-market trade came after a mixed response in international markets. Investors around the globe are keeping a close eye on politics after the U.S., France and Britain launched more than 100 missiles Saturday that targeted facilities in Syria.

 The Pentagon described the U.S.-led strikes as a “justified, legitimate and proportionate response” to the Syrian regime’s continued use of chemical weapons. Consequently, oil prices fell on Monday.

On Monday, data and earnings are likely to keep investors busy. Retail sales and the Empire State manufacturing survey are both due out at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by business inventories and the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index at 10 a.m. ET. Treasury International Capital (TIC) data will be released at 4 p.m. ET.

Friday’s Activity

U.S. market were lower on Friday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,360.14   with a loss of -0.50% percent or ?122.91 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,656.30 with a loss of -0.29% percent or ?7.69 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,106.65 with  a loss of -0.47% percent or  ?33.60 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,549.51   with a loss of -0.50% percent or -7.82 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 952.77  with a loss of -0.39% percent or-3.75 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,883.86 with a loss of -0.32% percent or  -6.14 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,167.50   with a loss of -0.28% percent or ?3.29 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,574.59  with a loss of -0.32% percent or ?5.10 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,472.42  with a loss of  -0.31% percent or ?4.55 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,360.14  with a loss of -0.50% percent or ?122.91 point.

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