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Wall Street set for a positive open as 2017 draws to a close

Alexandra Gibbs
Wall Street set for a positive open as 2017 draws to a close

U.S. stock index futures

were mixed to higher ahead of Friday's open, as investors get ready for the start of a new trading year.

Trading has been lighter than usual this week as investors get ready for the new year. Consequently, key trends and potential market-moving events will be of key importance to market-watchers from now on, as the final day of trading looms.

In the penultimate session of the year Thursday,

U.S. stocks finished slightly higher

, with the Dow Jones industrial average securing another record close. Meantime in markets overseas,

Asia posted mild gains

on Friday while

European markets

fluctuated in early trade.

Switching focus back to the States, with little data or earnings on the trading day's horizon, investors are likely to be paying close attention to the moves in markets such as commodities and bitcoin, as each market continues to show wild swings.

Looking to energy,

oil prices rose

on Friday, with U.S. crude trading above $60, hitting highs seen last in mid-2015, as a decline in U.S. production and commercial crude inventories lifted sentiment.

In individual stock news, Apple

issued a statement to consumers apologizing

over the handling of its battery issue, after it admitted to slowing down older iPhones. In the letter, the tech giant said it would be making a number of changes for customers "to recognize their loyalty" and try to regain the trust of anybody who could have doubted Apple's intentions.

Meantime, President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he was "very disappointed", after a report indicated that China could have run afoul of international sanctions, by providing oil to North Korea.

China has denied the accusations

.

No speeches by the U.S. Federal Reserve are set to take place Friday.

U.S. stock index futures

were mixed to higher ahead of Friday's open, as investors get ready for the start of a new trading year.

Trading has been lighter than usual this week as investors get ready for the new year. Consequently, key trends and potential market-moving events will be of key importance to market-watchers from now on, as the final day of trading looms.

In the penultimate session of the year Thursday,

U.S. stocks finished slightly higher

, with the Dow Jones industrial average securing another record close. Meantime in markets overseas,

Asia posted mild gains

on Friday while

European markets

fluctuated in early trade.

Switching focus back to the States, with little data or earnings on the trading day's horizon, investors are likely to be paying close attention to the moves in markets such as commodities and bitcoin, as each market continues to show wild swings.

Looking to energy,

oil prices rose

on Friday, with U.S. crude trading above $60, hitting highs seen last in mid-2015, as a decline in U.S. production and commercial crude inventories lifted sentiment.

In individual stock news, Apple

issued a statement to consumers apologizing

over the handling of its battery issue, after it admitted to slowing down older iPhones. In the letter, the tech giant said it would be making a number of changes for customers "to recognize their loyalty" and try to regain the trust of anybody who could have doubted Apple's intentions.

Meantime, President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he was "very disappointed", after a report indicated that China could have run afoul of international sanctions, by providing oil to North Korea.

China has denied the accusations

.

No speeches by the U.S. Federal Reserve are set to take place Friday.



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