U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for,Dec 23. The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,719.75 up with +0.10%  percent or +9.00 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 28,502.50 up with +0.07% percent or +20.50 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,228.62 up with +0.09% percent or +2.87 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 23,821.11 up with +0.019% percent or +4.48 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 27,857.69  with a loss of –0.049% percent or –13.66 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,974.10  with a loss of –1.03% percent or –30.84  point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 41,648.81 with a loss of –0.079% percent or –32.73 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 13,294.78  with  a loss of –0.18% percent or –24.12 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 6,024.06  up with +0.042% percent or +2.53 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 418.53  up with +0.03% percent or +0.13 point.

Monday’s Factors and Events

The short holiday week begins with stocks hovering at all-time highs.

We’ll see if that turns into a good omen for the year to come but, for now, stocks are perking up, thanks to some positive chatter on the U.S.-China trade front. Note, trading volumes will likely start to thin out as investors begin their holiday vacations.

Onto our call of the day, from Standard Life Investments’s head of global strategy, Andrew Milligan, who earlier in the year gave this column two winning technology stock picks for 2019—Microsoft MSFT, +1.09% and Equinix EQIX, +0.31% EQIX, +0.31% —up 55% and 64%, respectively, year-to-date.

Friday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 8,924.96 up with +0.42% percent or +37.74  point.the Dow is trading at 28,455.09  up with +0.28% percent or  +78.13 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,221.22 up with +0.49% percent or +15.85 point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,671.90 up with +0.29%  percent or +4.81 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,022.88  up with +0.043% percent or +0.44 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,065.61 up with +0.55% percent or +11.30   point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,435.65 up with +0.40% percent or +5.74 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,887.82 up with +0.49% percent or +9.17 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,779.49 up with +0.50% or +8.89 point.