The S&P 500 Futures are trading at  2,713.50 for up with +0.26% percent or  +7.00 point. Other U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Wednesday, April 18. The Dow Futures are trading at 24,767.00 for up with +0.25% percent or +61.00 point. The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,851.75 for up  with +0.34% percent or +23.00 point.


On Wednesday, it’s all about news coming from the U.S. central bank for bond investors, with speeches by members of the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to be in focus.

 In New York, New York Fed President William Dudley is due to speak at two events: one at the Community Bankers Conference on navigating future risks for community banks, and another at Lehman College on the state of the economy.

Meantime, Fed Governor Randal Quarles will be in Washington DC, where he is due to appear at the Bretton Woods Committee 2018 annual meeting.

Sticking with the subject, the Fed’s Beige Book is due to be released at 2 p.m. ET, which could provide investors with additional clues on how the U.S. economy is currently performing. Aside from this, mortgage applications are due out at 7 a.m. ET.


U.S. market were higher on Tuesday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,786.63  for up with +0.87% percent or +213.59 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,706.39 for up with +1.07% percent or  +28.55 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,281.10 for up with  +1.74% percent or  +124.81 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,579.80 for up with +1.07%  percent or +16.77 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 972.19 for up with +0.96% percent or +9.20 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,917.36 for up with +0.76% percent or +14.51 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,188.39 for up with +1.07% percent or  +12.56 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,604.51 for up with +1.07% percent or +16.94 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,500.33 for up with +1.07% percent or +15.83 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,786.63 for up with +0.87% percent or +213.59 point.


In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 22,158.20 for up  with +1.42% percent or  +310.61 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 30,267.90 for up with +0.68% percent or +205.15 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,091.40 for up with +0.80% percent or  +24.60 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 34,519.94 for up with +0.36% percent or +124.88  point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,278.25 for up with +0.72% percent or +52.20point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 12,576.58   with a loss of -0.071% percent or  −8.99 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,366.22  for up with +0.24% percent or +12.68 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 380.49  with a loss of -0.07% percent or -0.33 point.