The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,910.50  up with +0.00% percent or +0.00 point. Other U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for  April 19.The Dow Futures is trading at 26,567.00 up with +0.01% percent or +0.00 point.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,715.50  up with +0.33%  percent or +25.75 point.


U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, the Commerce Department said. Economists polled by Refinitiv expected a gain of 0.9%. The jump in sales was driven by more spending on autos, gasoline, furniture, and clothing.

“A bounce in consumption is consistent with the pendulum of economic sentiment swinging back from the extreme negatives seen last month,” said Ian Lyngen, head of U.S. rates at BMO, in a note. “It also implies the Fed’s explicit bet on the return of the consumer in Q2 might yet pay off.”


For the day the Dow is trading at 26,559.54  up with +0.40% percent or +106.88 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,905.03 up with +0.16% percent or +4.58 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,998.06  up with +0.025% percent or +1.98 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,565.75  with a loss of -0.12% percent or -1.85 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 962.66 with a loss of -0.20% percent or -1.89 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,953.43 up with +0.25% percent or +4.84 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,287.40  up with +0.099% percent or +1.27 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,710.97 up  with +0.13% percent or +2.25 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,608.93  up with +0.15% or +2.41 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, In other parts of world,  Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 22,200.56  up with +0.50% percent or +110.44 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 29,963.26  with a loss of -0.54% percent or -161.42   point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,262.14 up with +0.37% percent or +11.94 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 39,140.28   with a loss of -0.34% percent or -135.36 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,459.88  with a loss of -0.15% percent or -11.44 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 12,222.39 up with +0.57% percent or  +69.32 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,580.38 up with +0.31% percent or +17.29 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 390.46  up with +0.22% percent or +0.87 point.