Stock futures rose Friday as investors looked to build on the strong tech-led gains seen in the previous session. Futures linked to the S&P 500 gained 0.4%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures climbed 66 points, or 0.2%. Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.7%. Stocks moved sharply higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq erasing their 2024 losses. On a weekly basis, the Nasdaq is standing out with a 0.55% advance, while the Dow is down 0.33%. The S&P 500 is marginally lower by 0.06%. Thursday’s gains were powered by major advances in the technology sector, after Bank of America upgraded shares of Apple to a buy rating. Apple posted its biggest one-day gain since May 5, 2023. That move came even as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield climbed. Traders will get a slew of earnings reports Friday, including TravelersRegions FinancialFifth ThirdAlly Financial and State Street. “I think you’ll see the ten-year yield chopping around 4% or so and the market just going back and forth here until we get some better information from earnings season,” said Thomas Martin, senior portfolio manager at Globalt Investments. “That could persist for a good part of the year … and then you get the election, things get resolved, and people get more positive into the fourth quarter.” Wall Street also kept its eyes on Washington after Congress passed a bill to avert a partial government shutdown. This stopgap measure keeps the federal government funded through March 1 and March 8. The Senate voted 77-18 to pass the bill, while the House voted to move it forward, 314-108. The bill goes to President Joe Biden for signing. Shares of iRobot plunged about 40% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the European Commission would likely reject Amazon’s bid to acquire the Roomba manufacturer. The Journal cited people familiar with the matter. Treasury yields continued to edge higher on early Friday as investors digested the latest jobs data and comments by officials of the Federal Reserve. Weekly jobless claims surprised economists Thursday by coming in at their lowest level since September 2022, in a further indication of the strength of the U.S. jobs market. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note had ticked higher by 1 basis point to 4.157% at 2:30 a.m. ET. The 2-year Treasury yield was hovering around the flatline, trading near 4.3548%. There are no Treasury auctions slated for Friday. Taiwan led gains in major Asia-Pacific markets on Friday as chip stocks rose, with heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp surging as much as 6.63%. The Taiwan Weighted Index jumped 2.63% to end the day at 17,681.52. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rebounded after two straight days of losses, climbing 1.4% to close at 35,963.27, while the Topix rose 0.72% to 2,510.03. South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.34% to finish at 2,472.74, while the small-cap Kosdaq saw a smaller gain of 0.28%, finishing at 842.67. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.02% to close at 7,421.2, after three straight days of losses. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.72%, reversing earlier gains, while the mainland Chinese CSI 300 fell 0.15% to end the day at 3,269.78, after rallying late Thursday. Oil prices drifted lower on Friday after a rally the day before, as geopolitical tensions and disruptions in U.S. oil production from a cold blast were countered by concerns over slow demand growth in China. Brent crude futures fell 17 cents, or 0.2%, to $78.93 a barrel by 0151 GMT, and U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures (WTI) slid 3 cents to $74.05. Both benchmarks, which gained about 2% on Thursday as the International Energy Agency, or IEA, joined producer group OPEC in forecasting strong growth in global oil demand, are on track to end the week around 1-2% higher. Gold prices were headed to mark their biggest weekly drop in six on Friday, driven by a robust dollar and higher bond yields as U.S. central bankers pushed back against expectations of early rate cuts amid signs of resilience in the economy. Spot gold was little changed at $2,022.07 per ounce by 0404 GMT, but has fallen 1.3% so far in the week. U.S. gold futures rose 0.1% to $2,024.10.