U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for , February 18.The Dow Futures is trading at 25,883.50 with a loss of -0.08% percent or -21.50 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,775.12 with a loss of -0.07% percent or -1.88 point.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,060.88 with a loss of -0.15% percent or -10.37 point.
In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 21,281.85 up with +1.82% percent or +381.22 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 28,357.86 up with +1.64% percent or +457.02 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,754.36 up with +2.68% percent or +71.97 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 35,643.57 with a loss of -0.46% percent or -165.38 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,223.67 with a loss of -0.18% percent or -13.01 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 11,285.15 with a loss of -0.13% percent or -14.65 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,161.47 up with +0.16% percent or +8.29 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 369.31 up with +0.10% percent or +0.39 point.
Monday’s Factors and Events
Market focus is largely attuned to global trade developments, with officials from the U.S. and China set to resume negotiations this week.
Both sides reported progress in five days of talks last week, with President Donald Trump indicating he might be willing to push back a March 1 deadline for a deal.
In Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, rose almost 1 percent.
Elsewhere, oil prices climbed to their highest level for the year so far, supported by OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran.
For the day the Dow is trading at 25,883.25 up with +1.33% percent or +339.98 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,775.60 up with +1.09% percent or +29.87 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,472.41 up with +0.61% percent or +45.46 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,569.25 up with +1.56% percent or +24.14 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 975.24 up with +1.47% percent or +14.09 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,914.01 up with +1.18% percent or +22.35 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,217.96 up with +1.09% percent or +13.16 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,643.45 up with +1.11% percent or +17.96 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,540.37 up with +1.07% percent or +16.29 point.