A war in the Middle East, an economic slowdown in Asia or a surprise cut in the European Central Bank benchmark interest rate are just a small sampling of global news that can drive US stock prices. Markets are global. As a result, many US investors like to keep an eye on futures prices to see how world events are impacting their portfolios when US markets are closed. For the Dow’s long-term trend plus seasonality chart, try Dow Jones Chart Today.
The following chart presents the Dow Jones futures live for today. A 5-day and 21-day (there are typically 21 trading days in one calendar month) version are also included for perspective. The charts use one minute data (two minute data is used for the 21 trading day chart) and provides prices as long as the Dow Jones futures contract is open for trading. Trading opens Sunday through Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and closes Monday through Friday at 5:15 p.m. with a brief trading halt from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. To get the very latest data throughout the day (and night), click the update icon at the top right of the chart.