U.S. stock higher in pre-market trading for,July 31.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 10,902.40 up with +1.00% percent or +108.38 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 26,261.00 up with +0.16% percent or +43.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,253.62 up with +0.15% percent or +4.87 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at at 21,710.00 with a loss of –2.82% percent or –629.23 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 24,696.03 with a loss of –0.059% percent or –14.56 point. China’s Shanghai  Composite is trading at 3,305.61 up with +0.57% percent or +18.78 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 37,677.58 with a loss of –0.16% percent or –58.49  point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 12,483.24 up with +0.84% percent or +103.59 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 4,867.29 up with +0.30% percent or +14.35 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 361.68 up with +0.60% percent or +2.16 point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

Stock splits are cosmetic and do not fundamentally change anything about the company, other than possibly making the shares accessible to a larger number of investors because of their cheaper price.

Since Apple stock currently trades above $380, it means investors should expect to again have a chance to buy a share of Apple for around $100, depending on where the stock trades at the end of August.

Thursday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 10,587.81 up with +0.43% percent or +44.87 point.the Dow is trading at 26,313.65 with  a loss of -0.85% percent or -225.92 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,246.22 with a loss of  –0.38% percent or -0.38% point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,495.10 with a loss of -0.37% percent or -5.53 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 871.44 with a loss of –0.68% percent or -6.00 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,876.26 with a loss of -0.66% percent or -12.45 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,487.87 with a loss of –0.25% percent or -3.75  point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,899.17 with a loss of –0.34% percent or -6.45 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,804.13 with a loss of –0.34% or  -6.10 point.