US Futures are higher as the strong January momentum continues. On the data front, December small business optimism pulled-back from multi-year highs in December with the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declining to 104.9 from 107.5 in November. At 10am the market will get a look at job openings and labor turnover from November. European shares are higher on the back of stronger November industrial production in Germany. Asian shares closed mostly higher with strength in technology shares as earnings season begins.