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Wall Street set for another record in final session before Christmas

➤ Treasurys steady, dollar strengthens.

➤ Boeing replaces CEO.

Brent crude, gold gain.

Wall Street looked set to open higher, following another record close for the S&P 500 index, as the dollar edged higher amid what is typically low volume trading ahead of the Christmas break.

S&P 500 futures were up 0.1% while Nasdaq 100 futures were flat as of about 6 a.m. ET. Boeing Co.'s shares were up 0.4% in premarket trading, having advanced 2.9% Dec. 23 after Dennis Muilenburg stepped down as CEO amid fallout from two fatal crashes of the now-grounded 737 MAX. Chairman David Calhoun will replace Muilenburg as CEO.

In Europe, the FTSE 100 rose 0.1%, while France's CAC 40 was little changed. The German stock market was closed Dec. 24.

The Shanghai SE Composite gained 0.7%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed 0.2% lower and Japan's Nikkei 225 index was broadly flat.

The Dollar Spot Index, which measures the currency against a basket of developed-market peers, added 0.1%.

The euro slipped 0.2% to $1.1072, while sterling was little changed at $1.2940. The Japanese yen was broadly flat at 109.41 per dollar.

Among bonds, 10-year Treasury yields were little changed at 1.93%, while German bunds were steady at negative 0.25%.

In commodities, Brent crude oil edged 0.3% higher to $66.60 per barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange. Gold gained 0.5% to $1,495.50 per ounce.

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