Futures higher on optimism around earnings

April 20, 2017 By Tanya Agrawal (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, with the earnings season getting off to a strong start and oil prices rebounding after steep losses a day earlier. * However, mounting tensions between North Korea and the United States and the looming French presidential elections are keeping investors away from making risky bets. * With Wall Street near record levels and worries over President Donald Trump’s ability to carry out his pro-growth promises, investors are hoping first-quarter earnings will be strong enough…

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