U.S. stock futures  lower in pre-market trading for Thursday, April 26.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 6,578.75 up  with +0.35% percent or +23.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at  2,644.00  with a loss of -0.02% percent or -0.50 point. The Dow Futures is trading at 24,059.00 with a loss of -0.08% percent or -21.00 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 22,319.61 up with +0.47% percent or +104.29  point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 29,910.72  with a loss of -1.38% percent or -418.36  point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,072.48  with a loss of -1.46% percent or  -45.50 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 34,545.78 up with +0.13% percent or +44.51  point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,369.65  with a loss of -0.13% percent or -9.67 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 12,445.87  up with +0.19% percent or +23.38  point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,423.85 up with +0.20% percent or +10.56 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 380.31 up with +0.02% percent or +0.11 point.

Thursday’s Factors and Events

Going back more than half a century, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) wasn’t the global multi-media powerhouse it is today. Its founder had, however, conceived of a template that used decades of hit movies, as well as television shows, comic books, merchandise, music, and theme parks, with each segment creating demand for the products and services of the others.

While the genius of that strategy may be taken for granted today, there are those who still recognize the potential embodied in Disney’s original vision. Streaming pioneer Netflix, Inc.(NASDAQ: NFLX) has only just begun the journey Disney began so many years ago, but has started following the template that led to its decades of success.

The company is ramping up its creation of original content, which will result in a growing roster of stories and characters that lend themselves to merchandising. That creates a massive opportunity for Netflix.

Wednesday’s Activity

U.S. market were higher on Wednesday.For the day the Dow is trading at 24,083.83 up with +0.25% percent or +59.70 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,639.40 up with +0.18% percent or +4.84  point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,003.74 with a loss of -0.052% percent or -3.62 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,550.47  with a loss of -0.18% percent or -2.81 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 955.03  with a loss of -0.24% percent or -2.34 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,888.01 up with +0.06% percent or +1.19 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,155.38  up with +0.13% percent or +1.54 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,566.31 up with +0.12% percent or +1.95 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,463.95  up with +0.15% percent or +2.20 point;