Dow futures battle for altitude on Sunday night as COVID hospitalizations on Saturday mark new record

<p>U.S. stock index futures traded mixed on Sunday night as investors braced for a shortened vacation week, with hospitalizations from COVID-19 on the rise. On Saturday, 83,227 people were hospitalized for the disease derived from the new strain of coronavirus, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Saturday’s record marks a string of hospitalization records since November 10. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMZ20, -0.04% YM00, -0.04% were off 15 points, or less than 0.1%, at 29,197; those of the S&P 500 ES00, -0.00% ESZ20, -0.00% index fell less than 0.1% to 3553, while the Nasdaq-100 NQZ20, + 0.20% NQ00 futures contracts , + 0.20% were up 0.2% to 11,927.50. On Friday, the Dow DJIA -0.74% recorded a loss of 0.7%, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.67% ended the week with a decline of 0.8%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.41% ended the week up 0.2%. The Russell 2000 RUT Small Cap Index, + 0.06%, gained 2.4% over the period, outperforming its large cap rivals over the period. In the coming week, US markets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with volume likely to be low in the following session.