US PRE MARKET
The S&P 500 Futures are trading at 2,729.25 for up with +0.20% percent or +5.50 point. Other U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Friday, January 05. The Dow Futures are trading at 25,114.00 for up with +0.24% percent or +61.00 point. The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,619.50 for up with +0.24% percent or +16.00 point.
FRIDAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
The U.S. central bank’s December minutes revealed that the final interest rate hike of Janet Yellen’s era as Fed chair was met by a divided central bank; however, the scales are now tipped towards the more hawkish voices.
At the meeting, the U.S. central bank approved to increase interest rates by a quarter-point, although concerns over inflation still remain.
Geopolitics is expected to linger at the back of investors’ minds, as rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to put global markets on edge.
U.S. market were higher on Thursday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 25,075.13 for up with +0.61% percent or +152.45 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,723.99 for up with +0.40% percent or +10.93 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,077.91 for up with +0.18% percent or +12.38 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,555.72 for up with +0.20% percent or +3.15 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 945.33 for up with +0.22% percent or +2.09 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,928.45 for up with +0.26% percent or +5.09 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,206.26 for up with +0.46% percent or +5.52 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,611.02 for up with +0.36% percent or +5.83 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,508.82 for up with +0.38% percent or +5.66 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 25,075.13 for up with +0.61% percent or +152.45 point.
In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, apan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 23,714.53 for up with +0.89% percent or +208.20 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 30,743.57 for up with +0.02% percent or +7.09 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,391.75 for up with +0.18% percent or +6.04 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 34,107.88 for up with +0.41% percent or +138.24 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,715.54 for up with +0.26% percent or +19.66 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 13,307.83 for up with +1.06% percent or +139.94 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,454.66 for up with +0.76% percent or +40.975 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 395.97 for up with +0.57% percent or +2.25 point.