U.S. Markets Look Cautiously Optimistic After Christmas Eve Meltdown While Asian Exchanges Dip

U.S. stock exchange futures looked as though they might rebound a bit after the Christmas Eve meltdown, according to MarketWatch.

Pre-market futures saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by 0.72%, the S&P 500 by 0.79%, and the Nasdaq by 0.86%.

Given the last few days, a rally faces a lot of head wind. In a shortened session on Tuesday, the Dow was down 2.9% to its lowest close since Sept. 7, 2017. The S&P 500 dropped 2.7% to a low since April 21, 2017. And the Nasdaq fell 2.2%, the lowest close since July 10, 2017.

Domestic markets had reacted to a weekend of roiling news, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Twitter tried to reassure everyone that banks had sufficient liquidity—a concern no one apparently had before the announcement—and a report that President Donald Trump wanted to fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

However, not all markets reacted positively. The Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.4% in trading today. South Korea’s KOSPI dropped 0.6%. The Nikkei in Japan finally gained 0.9% after a volatile trading day and losing 5% the previous day.

“In addition to concerns toward the U.S. economy, the markets are now having to grapple with growing turmoil in the White House which has raised political risk ahead of the year-end,” Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management, told Reuters.

Major exchanges in the U.K., Germany, and France are closed today.

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