Oil futures edge lower
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U.S. stock-index futures were edging higher shortly before the opening bell on Wednesday, though cautious trading suggested investors remain jittery in the wake of recent pressure on technology shares.
Nasdaq-100 futures were up 14 points, or 0.2%, to 5,691, attempting a rebound after two sessions of selling.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures , were up 37 points, or 0.2%, to 21,326 and S&P 500 futures moved up 6 points, or 0.3%, to 2,426.
The three major indexes all fell Tuesday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/wall-street-stocks-on-track-to-slip-hurt-again-by-a-drop-for-techs-2017-06-27), after a delay to a vote on health care legislation prompted worries about the prospects for President Donald Trump's pro-growth agenda. The S&P 500 gave up 19.69 points, or 0.8%, to close at 2,419.38, and the Dow industrials slipped 2.53 points to close at 21,394.76 after a choppy session.
"U.S. technology stocks have been very weak lately, both in absolute and relative terms...massive outperformance year-to-date is the segment's biggest weakness," said Peter Garnry, Saxo Bank's head of equities strategy, in a note Wednesday. "Valuations are historically high in U.S. tech stocks, and sentiment has weakened fast over the past 24 hours."
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The oil market will be in focus with the Energy Information Administration's report on weekly crude supplies due at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday reported an unexpected weekly rise of 851,000 barrels in U.S. crude supplies (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-fall-as-sources-say-api-data-show-an-unexpected-rise-in-us-crude-supply-2017-06-27).
U.S. oil futures were slightly lower but holding above $44 a barrel. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury steadied after hitting on Tuesday its highest level since just after the Fed's mid-June meeting.
The stock market also continued to digest Tuesday comments from Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen who said asset valuations are somewhat rich by standard metrics (http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2017/06/27/live-blog-of-janet-yellen-address-in-london/). She also said another financial crisis rivaling the one that hobbled the global economy in 2008-09 won't happen again in our lifetime.
Economic docket: An early look at U.S. trade patterns in May points to a small decline in the nation's trade deficit.
At 10 a.m. Eastern, the National Association of Realtors is expected to say pending home sales improved in May, by rising 0.5%. That would break two months of declines.
See: MarketWatch's economic calendar (http://www.marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic).
Stocks in focus:General Mills Inc. shares (GIS) rose more than 1% in premarket trade after the food company posted fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and sales topped Wall Street's estimates. (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/general-mills-tops-earnings-and-sales-estimates-2017-06-28)
First Potomac Realty Trust(FPO) fell 2.2% ahead of the bell after Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) reached a deal valued at $1.4 billion to buy the real-estate investment trust. (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/first-potomac-realty-trust-to-be-bought-in-a-14-billion-deal-by-government-properties-2017-06-28)
Monsanto Co.(MON) shares rose 0.9% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the agricultural products company reported fiscal third-quarter profit and sales that beat expectations.
Meanwhile, Blue Apron Holdings Inc.'s IPO pricing will be set later Wednesday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/blue-apron-needs-its-customers-to-eat-more-food-2017-06-27). The meal-kit maker has lowered its price range to $10 to $11 from a prior $15 to $17 range.
Other markets: The ICE Dollar Index , which measures the dollar against a basket of six currencies, was unchanged at 96.394. Gold futures were up 0.4%.
Stock markets in Asia finished mostly higher and European stocks struggled at two-month lows as the euro popped up on Draghi's hawkish comments (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ecbs-draghi-hints-at-winding-down-of-eurozone-qe-2017-06-27).
Draghi, along with Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney and Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, will appear Wednesday in Sintra, Portugal, at the ECB Forum on Central Banking.
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June 28, 2017 09:12 ET (13:12 GMT)