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Before The Bell: Alcoa, Chinese trade data, NFIB in focus - MarketWatch

Alcoa, Chinese trade data, NFIB in focus TUESDAY MORNING'S TOP STORIES By MarketWatch Premarket news A gauge of small-business optimism rose in December. The survey from the National Federation of Independent Business rose for the fourth month in a row. NFIB index Indications: Stock futures rise; Alcoa, China data in focus U.S. stock futures rose, joining a global stock market rally, as aluminum producer Alcoa reported quarterly revenue that exceeded market expectations. Indications Economic Report: Chinese trade surplus widens to beat forecast China's trade surplus widened sharply in December, exceeding expectations as exports remained resilient while imports weakened, although full-year figures pointed to an overall narrowing trend for the Chinese trade gap. Economic Report: China trade data Europe Markets: European stocks lifted by banks, resources European stock markets advanced on Tuesday, with the banking and resourc