US Futures are higher despite fears of government shutdown. With the House of Representatives passing a short-term patch to a funding bill, the focus now moves to the Senate. There is question whether the bill can pass in the Senate later today as Republicans will need help from at least 10 Democrats to get the bill passed. At 10am, the market will get a preliminary look at consumer sentiment in January, with consensus estimates looking for a rise to 97. European shares are higher as euro zone current account showed a larger than expected surplus, helped by increased exports. Asian shares are mostly higher with financial stocks leading higher.