U.S. stock futures lower in pre-market trading for,Dec 20.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,670.38 with a loss of -0.04%  percent or -3.12 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 28,394.50 with a loss of -0.02% percent or -6.50 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,209.88 with a loss of -0.06% percent or -1.87 point. 

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 23,816.63 with a loss of –0.20% percent or -48.22 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 27,817.98  up with +0.063% percent or +17.49 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,004.94  with a loss of –0.40% percent or –12.13  point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 41,700.62 up with +0.064% percent or +26.70 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 13,306.77 UP with +0.72% percent or +94.81 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 6,011.66  up with +0.66% percent or +39.39 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 417.35 up with +0.55% percent or +2.28 point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

Rite Aid Corp. RAD, +42.31%  stock surged 42.3% after the pharmacy retailer posted a third-quarter profit that was much greater than analysts expected after reporting a loss in the third-quarter of last year.

Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI, -6.26%  reported fiscal second-quarter earnings Thursday morning, with the parent company of Olive Garden missing Wall Street forecasts for earnings-per-share and same-restaurant sales. The stock fell 6%.

Shares of Conagra Brands Inc. CAG, +15.87%  rose 15.9% after it reported better than expected earnings and raised its outlook Today morning.

Thursdayday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 8,887.22 up with +0.67% percent or +59.48 point.the Dow is trading at 28,376.96  up with +0.49% percent or +137.68 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,205.37 up with 0.45% percent or +14.23 point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,667.09 up with +0.32%  percent or +5.36 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,022.44  up with +0.29% percent or +2.91 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,054.31 up with +0.40% percent or +8.16   point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,429.91 up with +0.48% percent or +6.83 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,878.65 up with +0.45% percent or +8.36 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,770.59 up with +0.46% or +8.03 point.