Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Friday, Dec. 26, forecasted a 31-point gain. On Wednesday, the DJIA rose six points to close at a record high. Investor optimism continued on news that the economy is strengthening. Third-quarter GDP hit 5%, while the U.S. economy has seen 2.7 million new jobs added this year – its best performance since 1999.
Today, investors will keep an eye on the energy sector. Despite Wednesday's record-setting session, 20 of the largest 25 daily losers were energy stocks for the session. Large, multinational giants like Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., and BP Plc were all up marginally in premarket hours as oil prices ticked upward Friday morning.