The U.S. Dollar Index is trading at 96.59 up with +0.07% percent or +0.07 point. The Dow Futures is trading at 25,874.50 with a loss of -0.03% percent or -8.50 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,778.62 with a loss of 0.00% percent or -0.13 point. The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,071.00 up with +0.04% percent or +2.75 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
China’s yuan rose on Wednesday after the United States pressed Beijing to prevent a sharp weakening of its currency as part of any trade deal, while the dollar paused as traders positioned ahead of the release of Federal Reserve policy minutes.
The yuan has been a strong performer in 2019, helped by the recovery in emerging market assets broadly and optimism that Washington and Beijing are close to agreeing a deal to end their trade conflict.
In offshore markets, the yuan rose 0.4 percent to as much as 6.7168, its strongest since Feb. 1.
PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
For the day the Dow is trading at 25,891.32 up with +0.031% percent or +8.07 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,779.76 up with +0.15% percent or +4.16 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,486.77 up with +0.19% percent or +14.36 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,574.47 up with +0.33% percent or +5.22 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 980.86 up with +0.58% percent or +5.62 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,916.27 up with +0.12% percent or +2.26 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,219.92 up with +0.16% percent or +1.96 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,646.11 up with +0.16% percent or +2.66 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,542.66 up with +0.15% percent or +2.28 point