U.S. stock higher in pre-market trading for,Jan 15.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 12,886.60 with a loss of -0.11% percent or -14.38 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 31,076.00 up with +0.38% percent or +117.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,779.62 with a loss of -0.31% percent or -11.63 point.

Friday’s Factors and Events

Health officials will have to continuously watch for new variants of the virus, so scientists can produce vaccines to fight them, he said. Researchers in Ohio said Wednesday they’ve discovered two new variants likely originating in the U.S. and that one of them quickly became the dominant strain in Columbus, Ohio, over a three-week period in late December and early January.

Thursday Activity

For the day the Dow is trading at 30,991.52 with a loss of –percent or  -68.95 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,795.54  with a loss of – percent or –14.30 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 13,112.64  with a loss of – percent or -16.31 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 2,155.35 up with +2.05% percent or +43.38 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,232.70 up with + percent or  +27.54 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,448.38 up with + percent or +22.30 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,729.74 with a loss of – percent or  ?9.93 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 2,292.02 with a loss of  percent or ?3.13 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 2,151.42 with a loss of –or ?6.38 point.