The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,200.12 up with +0.03% percent or +0.87 point.   Other U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for  Dec 19.The Dow Futures is trading at28,301.50  up with +0.07% percent or +20.50 point. The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,620.25  with a loss of -0.01%  percent or -0.50 point.


The U.S. – China trade deal announced Friday has provided intermittent support for equities this week, as it partially rolls back some existing tariffs on Chinese imports and scraps plans for additional levies ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline. While it could benefit American farmers, skepticism lingers over the targets set by U.S. negotiators.


For the day the Dow is trading at 28,239.28  with a loss of –0.099% percent or –27.88 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,191.14  with a loss of –0.043% percent or -1.38 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 8,827.73 up with +0.050% percent or +4.38  point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,661.73 up with +0.25%  percent or +4.17 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,019.53  up with +0.38% percent or +3.81 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,046.15 up with +0.052% percent or +1.06   point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,423.08  with  a loss of –0.14% percent or -2.06 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,870.29  with a loss of –0.010% percent or −0.19 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,762.56 with a loss of –0.028% or -0.50 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 23,864.85 with a loss of –0.29% percent or -69.58 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 27,767.79  with a loss of –0.42% percent or –116.42 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,017.07 up with +0.00071% percent or +0.021  point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 41,595.37 up with +0.089% percent or +36.80 point at 12:15 PM..Germany’s DAX is trading at 13,188.68  with a loss of –0.25% percent or –33.48 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,961.35  up  with +0.029% percent or +1.75 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 414.63  up with +0.06% percent or +0.24 point.