Around 5:35 a.m. ET, Dow futures rose 55 points, indicating a positive open of 93.02 points. Futures on the S&P 500 were upbeat, indicating an open of 6.05 points, while Nasdaq futures rose, signaling an open of +18.96 points.
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 20, 2018.
Trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to rattle investors after both inflicted fresh tariffs on one another earlier this week. China's commerce ministry said Thursday that it hoped the States would show sincerity in trade negotiations, Reuters reported.
Also Thursday, the U.S. administration inflicted sanctions on the Chinese military for purchasing missile systems and fighter jets from Russia, according to Reuters.
Data due Friday includes the latest flash U.S. composite purchasing managers' index figures, scheduled for publication at 9:45 a.m. ET.
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Overseas, markets in Europe and Asia posted solid gains during their respective Friday sessions.
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