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U.S. Stock Futures Fall After Airstrike Kills Iranian Commander – Yahoo Finance, Yahoo.com

U.S. Stock Futures Fall After Airstrike Kills Iranian Commander – Yahoo Finance, Yahoo.com


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**************************** (Bloomberg) – US stock-index futures fell after an American airstrike in Iraq killed a top Iranian commander. (S&P) ****************************************************************** Index futures contracts expiring in March were down 1.1% as of (**************************************************************************************************************: 26 am in London after the attack that killed Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who led the Revolutionary Guards ’Quds force. Dow Jones Industrial Average contracts and those on the Nasdaq 578 also fell.

Oil spiked, with futures in New York and London surging 4 % or more, as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “severe retaliation” after the death of one of his country top commanders. Gold also surged. The Stoxx Europe (Index dropped 0.7%.

******************************* “The ‘severe retaliation’ aspect is possibly what is scaring the markets as it could mean that there will be a counter-attack versus American diplomats, ”said Alberto Tocchio, chief investment officer at Colombo Wealth in Lugano, Switzerland. “Markets could use this excuse to take some profits as sentiment and positioning are possibly too high.”(The S&P) ******************************************************** Index climbed 0.8% to a fresh record in New York on Thursday, boosted by tech shares including Apple and Alphabet. The gain extended the benchmark gauge’s 29% advance forIn addition to the Middle East situation, investors are keeping an eye on geopolitical tension surrounding North Korea, where Kim Jong Un said he was no longer bound by his pledge to halt major missile tests and would soon debut a “new strategic weapon.”“We are only into the third day of the new year, and a big fat dollop of geopolitical uncertainty has landed on investors’ desks already, ”Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda in Singapore, wrote in a note. “Readers now know why I am reluctant to look past 1Q of the new year at this stage,” Halley said, adding that the holiday-shortened week shifts the focus to “the real start of the trading year” on Monday. MARKETS: E-Mini futures on S&P down 1.1% E-Mini futures on Dow Jones down 0.9% E-Mini futures on Nasdaq 1.3% lowerVIX Index trading (*****************************************************************************************% higherWTI crude futures up 3.7% to $ (***************************************************************************. ****************************************************************************** / / bblBloomberg spot dollar index up 0.2% (ECONOMIC DATA: *****) (*************************************************************************************************************: – Nov. Construction Spending MoM est. 0.4% (prior -0.8%) (**********************************************************************************************************: 15. ISM Manufacturing est. (9) prior (******************************************************************************. 1) (**********************************************************************************************************: 11. ISM New Orders (prior

********************************** 2) (**************************************************************************************************************: ISM Prices Paid est. (1) prior**************************************************************** (7) (**********************************************************************************************************: 11. ISM Employment (prior

**********************************. 6) (*******************************************************************************************************: 00 – Dec FOMC Meeting Minutes (******************************************************************************************************: **************************************************************************************************** Wards Total Vehicle Sales est. 18. (m) prior

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EARNINGS:****************** Companies reporting earnings include Lamb Weston

************************************** – With assistance from Ksenia Galouchko.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jackie Edwards in Sydney at jedwards @ bloomberg.net; Namitha Jagadeesh in London at njagadeesh @ bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Lianting Tu at [email protected], Kurt Schussler, Paul Jarvis

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