* Futures up: Dow 33 pts, S&P 4.75 pts, Nasdaq 10.25 pts
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Dec 30 U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday,
with the Dow poised for its best annual performance since 2013
amid increasing optimism about the outlook for the economy.
* Markets have shown surprising resilience to major
political events, such as Britain's vote in June to leave the
European Union and the election of Donald Trump as U.S.
president in November.
* U.S. stocks, which had not priced in a Trump victory in
the run-up to the vote, marked a series of record highs on bets
that his policies would spur growth.
* The year also stands in stark contrast to 2015 when a
steep drop in oil prices left the S&P 500 and the Dow nursing
losses. The commodity bounced back by more than 50 percent for
its best year since 2009, partly due to a deal by major
producers to limit supply.
* The S&P energy index, which was the worst
performer last year, is set to become the biggest gainer among
the 10 other industry sectors in 2016.
* Healthcare and the newly created real estate
indexes are currently the only sectors in the red for
* Wall Street ended slightly lower on Thursday, stalling the
post-election rally as bank stocks came under pressure.
* The Dow is likely to make yet another push to 20,000,
after losing some steam in the past two days. The index came
within 13 points of the psychological milestone, but has been
held back by thin trading volumes and nervousness about a
Futures snapshot at 6:53 a.m. ET:
* Dow e-minis were up 33 points, or 0.17 percent,
with 13,487 contracts changing hands.
* S&P 500 e-minis were up 4.75 points, or 0.21
percent, with 56,932 contracts traded.
* Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 10.25 points, or 0.21
percent, on volume of 11,936 contracts.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by