U.S. stock futures higher  in pre-market trading for , March 29.The Dow Futures is trading at 25,839.00  up with +0.40% percent or +102.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,832.12  up with +0.39% percent or +11.12 point. The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,382.88  up with +0.42%  percent or +30.88 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 21,205.81 up with +0.82% percent or +172.05 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 29,032.67 up with +0.89% percent or +257.46  point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,090.76  up with +3.20% percent or +95.81 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 38,576.24  up with +1.16% percent or +443.36 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,261.94 up with +0.38% percent or +27.61 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 11,524.04  up with +0.84% percent or  ++95.88 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,344.30 up with +0.90% percent or +47.76 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 379.04 up with +0.58% percent or +2.20 point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher Friday morning, amid renewed optimism on the progress of trade talks between Washington and Beijing.

Market focus is largely attuned to global trade developments, after U.S. officials said China had made proposals on a range of issues that go further than it has before — including on forced technology transfer.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday he had a “productive working dinner” with Chinese trade officials the previous night in Beijing, as both sides restart negotiations with the hope of bringing an end to their protracted trade dispute.

Thursday’s Activity

For the day the Dow is trading at 25,717.46 up with +0.36% percent or +91.87 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,815.44 up with +0.36% percent or +10.07 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,669.17  up with +0.34% percent or +25.79 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,535.10 up with +0.85% percent or +12.87 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 938.65 up with +0.92% percent or +8.53 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,890.13 up with +0.82%percent or +15.37 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,243.51 up with +0.28% percent or +3.46 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,660.03  up with +0.43% percent or +7.08 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,559.79  up with +0.40% or +6.15 point