Stocks: U.S. futures tilt higher Thursday

  @CNNMoneyInvest December 26, 2013: 7:21 AM ET
dow futures 710

Click on chart to track premarkets

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Christmas may be over, but it seems Santa is still delivering good news for investors.

U.S. stock futures tilted higher early Thursday, pointing to a firm start when trading resumes after the Christmas holiday break. The Dow Jones industrial average added 0.4%, and the S&P 500 rose 0.5%.

Both indexes struck fresh all-time highs and the Nasdaq marked a new 13-year high, when markets last traded on Tuesday. The Dow hit its 49th record close this year.

On Thursday, investors returning from holiday will be watching initial job claims at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Related: Fear & Greed Index gets greedy again

Markets have certainly made big moves so far this year. The Dow and S&P 500 are both up more than 20%, while the Nasdaq has soared over 30%.

The broad rally puts the Dow on track for its best year since 2003 and the S&P 500 on pace for its best year since 1997.

This year's gains have been driven by ongoing economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve, increased confidence in the economy, solid corporate earnings growth, and more individual investors entering the stock market.

Related: China's $50 billion move to avert cash crunch

The Fed announced last week that it will modestly reduce its bond buying program in January. But many experts believe the bull market, which began in early 2009, will continue for a sixth year in 2014, albeit at a more modest pace.

Many European and Asian markets were closed for Boxing Day. Japan's Nikkei gained 1%, while China's benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite, dropped 1.6% on Thursday. To top of page



Join the Conversation
Markets
Sponsored by
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,408.54 -16.31 -0.10%
Nasdaq 4,095.52 9.29 0.23%
S&P 500 1,864.85 2.54 0.14%
Treasuries 2.72 0.08 3.19%
Data as of 4:59am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 16.15 0.00 0.00%
Facebook Inc 58.94 0.00 0.00%
General Electric Co 26.56 0.00 0.00%
Cisco Systems Inc 23.19 -0.02 -0.09%
Micron Technology In... 23.91 0.00 0.00%
Data as of Apr 17
Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed4.36%4.24%
15 yr fixed3.39%3.26%
5/1 ARM3.36%3.27%
30 yr refi4.34%4.22%
15 yr refi3.38%3.24%
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.