The Weekend Is Over And Markets Are Mostly Up

El salvador volcanoREUTERS/StringerThe Chaparrastique volcano, behind electricity cables, spews ash at the municipality of San Miguel December 29, 2013. The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador belched a column of hot ash high into the air on Sunday, frightening nearby residents and prompting authorities to order evacuations in the area. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the San Miguel region, where the volcano is located and that is known for its coffee plantations.

The weekend is over and markets are mostly higher.

Japan’s Nikkei just opened up 0.6%.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 is up 0.48%.

U.S. futures are down a notch, as are gold and oil.

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