The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,122.88  up with +0.15% percent or +4.63 point.  Other U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for  November 18.The Dow Futures is trading at 28,017.50  up with +0.23% percent or +64.50 point. The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,333.00 up with +0.17% percent or +14.25 point.


Equities markets have posted gains this week as investors remain hopeful that positive developments in U.S.-China trade relations will soon justify recent record highs for the major stock indexes.

“Investors continue to hang onto every word associated with the U.S.-China trade war,” said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell. “White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow reportedly said that current negotiations between the two countries are ‘very constructive’, which was enough to drive stock markets up across the U.K., mainland Europe and most of Asia.”


For the day the Dow is trading at 28,004.89  up with +0.80% percent or +222.93 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,120.46 up with +0.77% percent or +23.83 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 8,540.83 up with +0.73% percent or +61.81 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,596.45 up with +0.48% percent or +7.66 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed  at 982.71 up with +0.49% percent or +4.83 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,000.61 up with  +0.46% percent or +9.15  point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 2,000.61 up with +0.46% percent or +9.15 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,827.11 up with +0.76% percent or +13.70 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,723.87 up with +0.77% or +13.25 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 23,416.76 up with +0.49% percent or +113.44 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 26,694.17 up with +1.40% percent or +367.51 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,909.20 up with +0.62% percent or +17.86   point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 40,331.58  with a loss of –0.062% percent or –25.11 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 13,219.01  with a loss of –0.17% percent or –22.74 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,923.62   with a loss of –0.26% percent or –15.69 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 406.38  up with +0.08% percent or +0.33  point.