U.S. stock higher in pre-market trading for,August 26.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 11,771.80 up with +0.39% percent or +45.50 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 28,142.50 with a loss of -0.18% percent or -50.50 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,443.88 up with +0.03% percent or +0.88 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at at 23,290.86 with a loss of –0.025% percent or –5.91 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 25,457.87 with a loss of –0.11% percent or –28.35 point. China’s Shanghai  Composite is trading at 3,329.74 with a loss of –1.30% percent or –43.84  point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 38,859.34 up with +0.040% percent or +15.46 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 13,121.39  up with +0.46% percent or +59.77 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 5,019.26 up with +0.22% percent or +10.99 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 370.98 up with +0.33% percent or +1.23  point.

Wednesday’s Factors and Events

Hurricane Laura is forecast to rapidly power up into a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane, even stronger than previously expected, as it churns toward Texas and Louisiana, gathering wind and water that swirls over much of the Gulf of Mexico.

Satellite images show that Laura has become “a formidable hurricane” in recent hours, threatening to smash homes and sink entire communities. It has undergone a remarkable intensification, “and there are no signs it will stop soon,” the National Hurricane Center said in an update early Wednesday.

Tuesday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 11,466.47 up with +0.76% percent or +86.75 point.the Dow is trading at 28,248.44 with a loss of -0.21% percent or ?60.02 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,443.62 up with +0.36% percent or +12.34  point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,571.21 up with +0.17% percent or +2.74 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 910.35 up with +0.068% percent or +0.62 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,935.73 with a loss of –0.12% percent or?2.42 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,604.88  up with +0.44% percent or  +6.99 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 2,010.62 up with +0.35% percent or +6.95  point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,910.84 up with +0.36% or  +6.81  point.