U.S. stock futures are higher in pre-market trading for Thursday, January 04.The Nasdaq Futures are trading at 6,599.25 for up with +0.22% percent or +14.75 point.The Dow Futures are trading at 24,958.00 for up with +0.32% percent or +73.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures are trading at 2,715.00 for up with +0.15% percent or +4.00 point.
In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 23,506.33 for up with +3.26% percent or +741.39 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 30,734.53 for up with +0.57% percent or +173.58 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,385.71 for up with +0.49% percent or +16.60 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 33,897.95 for up with +0.31% percent or +104.57 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 are trading at 7,677.44 for up with +0.08% percent or +6.33 point. Germany’s DAX are trading at 13,110.61 for up with +1.02% percent or +132.40 point. France’s CAC 40 are trading at 5,377.32 for up with +0.86% percent or +46.05 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 are trading at 392.27 for up with +0.53% percent or +2.05 point.
Thursday’s Factors and Events
The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Korea’s peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programmes.
In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with U.S. ally South Korea and could send a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South in February.
In response, Seoul on Tuesday proposed high-level talks at a border village and on Wednesday, the two Koreas reopened a border hotline that had been closed since February 2016.
U.S. market were higher on Wednesday. For the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,922.68 for up with +0.40% percent or +98.67 point. The S&P 500 closed at 2,713.06 for up with +0.64% percent or +17.25 point. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,065.53 for up with +0.84% percent or +58.63 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,552.58 for up with +0.17% percent or +2.56 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 943.24 for up with +0.03% percent or +0.27 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,923.36 for up with +0.31% percent or +6.00 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,200.74 for up with +0.60% percent or +7.19 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,605.19 for up with +1.42% percent or +22.42 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,503.17 for up with +0.62% percent or +9.24 point; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index closed at 24,922.68 for up with +0.40% percent or +98.67 point.