U.S. stock  Higher in pre-market trading for,April 17.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,930.62 with +2.25% percent or +196.37 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 23,526.00 with a loss of -1.48% percent or -354.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,873.75 up with +3.09% percent or +86.25 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 19,897.26 up with +3.15% percent or +607.06 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 24,375.57 up with +1.54% percent or +369.12  point. China’s Shanghai  Composite is trading at 2,838.49 up with +0.66% percent or +18.56 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 31,080.08 up with +1.63% percent or +498.85 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 10,718.46 up with +4.05% percent or +416.92 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 4,533.03 up with +4.20% percent or +182.87 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 335.59 with +3.28% percent or +10.66  point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

Sentiment was boosted overnight by a media report detailing encouraging partial data from experimental drug trials on severe COVID-19 patients at the University of Chicago. More data is expected at the end of the month.

News of U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans to reopen the world’s largest economy was taken by investors as a positive sign, even after Thursday’s jobless data showed a record 22 million Americans sought unemployment benefits in the last month.

Thursday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 8,532.36 up with +1.66% percent or +139.19 point. the Dow is trading at 23,537.68 up with +0.14% percent or +33.33 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,799.55 up with +0.58% percent or +16.19  point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,178.09  with a loss of -0.50% percent or -5.89  point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 691.42 with a loss of -0.62% percent or -4.31 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,505.64 with a loss of –0.21% percent or -3.16 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,292.90 up with +0.72% percent or +9.22  point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,607.03 up with +0.47% percent or +7.55 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,533.16 p with +0.53% or +8.06 point.