US Futures are Slightly Higher This Morning as Investors Weighed Better Than Expected Earnings out of Home Depot

US futures are slightly higher this morning as investors weighed better than expected earnings out of Home Depot.  The home improvement stores have been the lone bright spot in retail and Home Depot reported better than expected earnings with the stock moving up pre-market.  In economic data, housing starts came in below estimates while industrial production rose more than expected.  Oil prices continue to move slightly higher as Brent and crude prices are up close to 1 percent each.  Markets in Asia closed mostly higher led by the Shanghai index and European markets are also trading higher as the FTSE leads the way.

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