US PRE MARKET
The S&P 500 Futures are trading at 2,715.00 for up with +0.15% percent or +4.00 point. Other U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Thursday, January 04. The Dow Futures are trading at 24,958.00 for up with +0.32% percent or +73.00 point. The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,599.25 for up with +0.22% percent or +14.75 point.
THURSDAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Thursday, as investors digested the latest minutes from the U.S. central bank.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was higher at around 2.474 percent at 5:25 a.m. ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was up at 2.813 percent. Bond yields move inversely to prices.
The first week of the year has already shown 2018 to be beneficial for U.S. markets, with the S&P 500 closing above 2,700 for the first timeWednesday.
U.S. market were higher on Wednesday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,922.68 for up with +0.40% percent or +98.67 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,713.06 for up with +0.64% percent or +17.25 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,065.53 for up with +0.84% percent or +58.63 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,552.58 for up with +0.17% percent or +2.56 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 943.24 for up with +0.03% percent or +0.27 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,923.36 for up with +0.31% percent or +6.00 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,200.74 for up with +0.60% percent or +7.19 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,605.19 for up with +1.42% percent or +22.42 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,503.17 for up with +0.62% percent or +9.24 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,922.68 for up with +0.40% percent or +98.67 point.
In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 23,506.33 for up with +3.26% percent or +741.39 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 30,734.53 for up with +0.57% percent or +173.58 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,385.71 for up with +0.49% percent or +16.60 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 33,897.95 for up with +0.31% percent or +104.57 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,677.44 for up with +0.08% percent or +6.33 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 13,110.61 for up with +1.02% percent or +132.40 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,377.32 for up with +0.86% percent or +46.05 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 392.27 for up with +0.53% percent or +2.05 point.