US Markets

Traders hope Christmas comes early

Wall Street hopes Christmas comes early

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday amid light trade as investors prepare for a shortened trading day for the Christmas holiday.

Stocks close at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday and are closed for the Christmas holiday on Friday. Other markets including energy and bonds will also close early, shutting at 1:30 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET respectively.