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March 25, 2022 4:37 am ET
U.S. stock futures edged down but remained on course to post a weekly rise amid concerns around the war in Ukraine and the Federal Reserve’s commitment to interest-rate increases to tame inflation.
S&P 500 futures were down 0.2% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slipped 0.1%. Changes in equity futures don’t necessarily predict moves after the opening bell.
In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 was lower 0.1% in morning trade as gains in materials and real-estate sectors were tempered by losses in energy and healthcare sectors.
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 declined 0.2%. Other stock indexes in Europe were broadly flat as France’s CAC 40, the U.K.’s FTSE 250 and Germany’s DAX were mostly unchanged.
The British pound fell 0.2% against the U.S. dollar, with 1 pound buying $1.32. Meanwhile, the Swiss franc and the euro were up 0.3% and 0.1% respectively against the dollar.
In commodities, international benchmark Brent crude was down 1.5% to $113.53 a barrel. Gold also fell 0.2% to $1,957.30 a troy ounce.
The German 10-year bund yield fell to 0.513% and 10-year U.K. government debt known as gilts yields declined to 1.616%. 10-year U.S. Treasury yields rose to 2.354% from 2.340% on Thursday. Yields and prices move in opposite directions.
Stocks in Asia were mixed as Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.1% after falling as much as 0.6% during the session, whereas Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 2.9% and China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite lost 1.2%.
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