It's a wonderful time for investors this time of the year, as not only the holidays are coming, but markets are close to all-time highs. Friday morning brings more good cheer also, with stock futures indicating a positive start at the opening. -Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.124% to 16135 . The Dow jumped 2.7 percent so far this week. -Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 0.155% to 1805.10 . The S&P 500 rose 1.9 percent this week so far. -Futures on the NASDAQ 100 gained 0.20% to 3499.75 . As of 06:19 a.m. ET U.S. benchmark stock-indexes' rally this week is the biggest since September, a rally inspired by Federal Reserve`s decision to slow the pace of its stimulus, which added to the view that the recovery in the U.S. is on course. December is often a good month for stocks -- a trend that has been dubbed the Santa Claus rally. Looking ahead to Friday, the U.S. government will release its third estimate of third-quarter GDP at 8:30 a.m. Friday . In corporate news, firms including BlackBerry and Walgreen Co . are scheduled to report quarterly results before the opening bell. Carnival Corp. added 5.1 percent as Credit Suisse Group AG recommended that investors buy shares in the world's largest cruise operator. Nike shares slipped in after-hours trading Thursday after the apparel maker released its quarterly results. In other financial markets, Chinese stocks closed at 17-week low, while the rest of Asia was mixed and European stock markets headed for the best week in over three months. Gold rebounded from the previous session`s losses, but stuck below $1,200 an ounce, while most metals prices rose. Oil futures slipped and the dollar inched higher.
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