U.S. index futures, namely the $ES_F, are higher this morning after positive trade data out of China boost investor sentiment and helped crude oil stage a modest recovery. China exports fell a modest 1.4 percent in December, much less than the expected 8 percent drop, signaling that the world’s second biggest economy may not be in such dire straights after all. Crude oil futures, $CL_F, are up this morning showing a bounce from the $30 handle based on Tuesday’s surprise decline in U.S. inventories. Focus will be given to today’s crude oil inventory numbers mid morning.

As always, trade well and be well.

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