U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for , August 21 The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,726.50 up with  +0.76% percent or +58.50 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 26,092.00 up with+0.62% percent or +161.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,918.88 up with +0.67% percent or +19.37 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere, In other parts of world,  Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 20,677.22 up with +0.55% percent or +114.06point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 26,231.54 with a loss of –0.23% percent or –60.30 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,880.00 with a loss of –0.11% percent or –3.09 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 37,423.47 up with +0.056% percent or +20.98 point at 12:15 PM.The FTSE 100 is trading at 7,198.56 up with +1.03% percent or +73.56 point. Germany’s DAX is trading at 11,784.83 up with +1.15% percent or +133.65 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,425.45 up with +1.51% percent or +80.81 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 374.06  up with +0.05% percent or +0.20 point.

Wednesday’s Factors and Events

Market focus is largely attuned to the Federal Reserve, with the U.S. central bank scheduled to publish its latest meeting minutes later in the session.

Futures are almost fully priced for a quarter-point interest rate cut next month, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.

Investors are also likely to closely monitor the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole seminar later this week and a Group of Seven (G-7) summit at the weekend for clues on what additional steps policymakers will take to boost economic growth.

Tuesday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,948.56  with a loss of  -0.68% percent or –54.25 point.the Dow is trading at 25,962.44 with a loss of –0.66% percent or  –173.35  point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,900.51 with a loss of –0.79% percent or –23.14 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,498.01  with a loss of –0.72% percent or -10.84 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 920.86  with a loss of –0.91% percent or -8.50 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,876.30  with a loss of –0.81% percent or –15.41 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,280.77  with a loss of –0.81% percent or –10.52 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,702.47  with a loss of –0.76% percent or –12.99 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,605.48  with a loss of –0.76% or –12.30 point.