Stocks – U.S. Futures Point to Positive Start to Q4 

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© Reuters. © Reuters. – U.S. futures pointed to a higher opening bell on Tuesday, setting a positive tone for the fourth-quarter as political and economic uncertainty remained in the background.

The impeachment process rumbles on, but the market remains generally unmoved by reports indicating that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also on the call when President Donald Trump asked Ukraine’s president to look into corruption allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.

gained 18 points or 0.2% by 6:53 AM ET (10:53 GMT), while rose 48 points or 0.2% and S&P 500 futures were up 5 points or 0.2%.

Tesla (NASDAQ:) gained 0.4% in premarket trade, as investors waited for the electric car company to update its deliveries report in the next few days. Apple (NASDAQ:) was up 0.6%, while (NASDAQ:) rose 0.7%. Banking stocks were also higher, with Morgan Stanley (NYSE:) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) rising 0.8%.

On the data front, the manufacturing index comes out at 9:45 AM ET, while figures will be out at 10 AM ET, along with the numbers.

In commodities, futures rallied 1% to $54.62 a barrel. were up 0.2% to $1,475.75 a troy ounce, while the , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, rose 0.1% to 99.097.

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