U.S. stock futures higher in pre-market trading for,Dec 30.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,785.50 up with +0.03%  percent or +2.25 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 28,625.00 up with +0.05% percent or +15.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,239.88 up with +0.07% percent or +2.38 point.

In overnight trading in the Eastern Hemisphere,In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 23,656.62 with a loss of –0.76% percent or -181.10 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 28,343.18  up with +0.42% percent or +117.76 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,037.88 up with +1.09% percent or +32.85   point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 41,478.22 with a loss of –0.23% percent or –96.92 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 13,263.91 with a loss of –0.55% percent or –73.20 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 6,018.72   with a loss of  –0.31% percent or –18.67 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 418.04  with a loss of -0.41% percent or –1.70  point.

Monday’s Factors and Events

Pharmacy giant Walgreen Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA), was the weakest Dow stock this past year and the third worst performer among NASDAQ 100 stocks. The company is currently looking for ways to go private.

Traditional retailers have struggled, pressured by the might of online behemoth Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). Macy’s (NYSE:M) is off nearly 45%. Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) is down more than 12%, but enjoying a 21% fourth-quarter rebound. Target (NYSE:TGT), however, is up 96%, the fourth best among S&P 500 stocks.

Friday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 9,006.62  with a loss of –0.17% percent or -15.77  point.the Dow is trading at 28,645.26  up with +0.083% percent or  +23.87 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,240.02 up with +0.0034% percent or +0.11 point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,669.03 with a loss of -0.51%  percent or -8.64 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,018.87  with a loss of –0.47% percent or -4.83 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,062.88  with a loss of –0.22% percent or -4.45   point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,447.47 up with +0.014% percent or  +0.20 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,897.24  with a loss of –0.053% percent or -1.00 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,789.20 with a loss of –0.020% or -0.36 point.