Futures Higher as Wall Street Returns to Work Post-Holiday

The futures markets are pointing to a higher open as we set up for the trading day post-holiday
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The futures markets are pointing to a higher open as we set up for the trading day after the Christmas weekend holiday. Retailers including Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report and Macy's (M) - Get Report will remain in focus as we assess the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to tick higher by 3.6% This year, but retailers have been engaged in a lot of discounting to lure shoppers to purchase. That comes at the expense of margins.

Panasonic (PCRFY) and Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report  have already been working together on several initiatives, including a massive battery plant in Las Vegas. However, a new project is coming on line in Buffalo, N.Y. The electric car maker and Panasonic will team up to produce solar cells there. Panasonic will reportedly make more than a $256 million dollar investment in the project. 

Finally, the force is definitely with Disney (DIS) - Get Report . Rogue One turned in better-than-expected numbers in its second weekend at the box office at $96.1 million. Global ticket sales for Disney from its movies have topped $7 billion.

In economic news today, we get a check on home prices with the Case Schiller Index and a check on consumer confidence.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.