The U.S. Dollar Index is trading at 97.04 up with +0.20% percent or +0.19 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 28,558.50 with a loss of -0.98% percent or -282.50 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 3,222.62 with a loss of -1.12% percent or -36.38 point.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,773.00 with a loss of -1.34% percent or -118.75 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
The Japanese yen led other safe-haven assets higher on Friday after air strikes on Baghdad airport killed a senior Iranian military official, stoking tensions in the Middle East and lifting the price of oil.
U.S. Treasury bonds and gold rallied after an Iraqi militia spokesman told Reuters that Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in the attack.
U.S. officials told Reuters that strikes had been carried out against two targets linked to Iran in Baghdad. Oil prices jumped $2 a barrel.
The dollar eased 0.46% to 108.07 yen following the news, breaching several layers of chart support and reaching its lowest since early November. The euro also dipped to a three-week low at 120.78 yen.
PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
For the day the Dow is trading at 28,868.80 up with +1.16% percent or +330.36 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 3,257.85 up with +0.84% percent or +27.07 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 9,092.19 up with +1.33% percent or +119.58 point.
Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,666.77 with a loss of -0.10% percent or -1.70 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 1,020.83 with a loss of –0.034% percent or -0.35 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 2,065.19 up with +0.11% percent or +2.17 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,458.13 up with +1.11% percent or +15.96 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,906.50 up with +0.75% percent or +14.26 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,798.72 up with +0.81% or +14.52 point.