Futures for U.S. markets were mixed late Monday. But if recent days are any judge, it's no indication the post-election pre-Christmas rally is slowing.
The S&P 500 slipped 0.03% and the Dow Jones Industrials, 0.06%, while Nasdaq added 0.02% at 9:57 p.m. EST.
The Dow Monday posted a new all-time high even after New York Federal Reserve'sWilliam Dudley said interest rates could rise steadily in 2017 if the U.S. economy continues growing. Investors appeared uninterested, with all three indices closing higher and analysts saying the rally remains intact.
The S&P closed up 0.58% and Nasdaq, 1.01%, while the Dow added 0.24% to close at a record 19,216.24. The up day on Wall Street followed a similarly upbeat day in Europe, despite a failed Italian constitutional vote that sparked the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Germany's Dax added 1.63%, the FTSE in London, 0.24%, and the Cac in Paris, 1%.
Asia was also up across the board at 10:20 p.m. EST ahead of a Royal Bank of Australia meeting. The Nikkei added 0.52%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong, 0.82%, South Korea's Kospi, 1.15%, and the ASX in Australia, 0.79%.
In oil, a barrel of industry standard Brent crude slipped 0.62% to $54.60 at 10:09 p.m. EST, while its West Texas brethren pared 0.83% to $51.36 per barrel. Both prices are futures for delivery in February and January, respectively.
A dollar now buys ¥113.06, a decrease of 0.182%, and £0.7846, a decrease of 0.117%.
In after-hours trade, shares of Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) gained 4.77% to $49 after the company raised its profit forecast and said it was talking to banks about a possible divestment of its packaged foods business. New Albany, Ohio-based Evans said it expects to make as much as $2.30 per share in adjusted profit this year, an increase of 10 cents over previous estimates.
It also said it was talking with JPMorgan(JPM) - Get Report about potential strategy shifts after former Bear Stearns trader Thomas Sandell took a significant stake in the company and pushed it to sell the food unit.