Dec 30 Equity futures were slightly higher at
the beginning of electronic trading on Sunday night as talks
continued in Washington over resolving the "fiscal cliff."
S&P 500 futures were up 3.7 points, or 0.3 percent, to
1387.70 shortly after electronic trading opened at 6 pm ET 2300
Stocks fell sharply on Friday, with significant losses in
the last minutes of trading, as prospects for a deal on the
impasse in Washington worsened at the start of the weekend.
Efforts to prevent the U.S. economy from hitting the "fiscal
cliff" stalled on Sunday as Democrats and Republicans remained
at odds over a deal that would prevent taxes for all Americans
from rising on New Year's Day.