MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Poised To Slip As Geopolitical Worries Take Edge Off Bulls' Appetite

Worries about Comey, Qatar and more help to 'curb risk appetite'

U.S. stock futures on Tuesday signaled a small drop at the open, with analysts blaming the modest retreat on worries over a raft of geopolitical events later this week, including former FBI boss James Comey's testimony to a Senate panel.

S&P 500 futures fell by 2.75 points, or 0.1%, to 2,431.75, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures shed 21 points, or 0.1%, to 21,155. Nasdaq-100 futures gave up 2.25 points, or less than 0.1%, to 5,878.50.

Gold futures ( , the Japanese yen ( and other safety plays were finding buyers, thanks in part to concerns about a spat between Qatar ( and other Middle Eastern nations.

Read: What you need to know about Saudi Arabia's break with Qatar (

There are also jitters over three events due Thursday: the U.K. election, a European Central Bank announcement, and Comey's testimony before the Senate panel, which is investigating Russian efforts to interfere ( in last year's presidential race.

Read:What to watch when James Comey testifies to the Senate on Thursday (

Geopolitical concerns are "helping to drive safe haven flow and curb risk appetite," said Richard Perry, a Hantec Markets analyst, in a note.

Check out: U.K. election -- the worst, best and most likely scenarios for stocks worldwide (

On Monday, the S&P 500 , Dow and Nasdaq Composite all finished lower by between 0.1% and 0.2% (, pulling back from all-time closing highs achieved Friday (

Other markets: Oil futures edged lower, and European markets ( also lost ground. Asian equities finished mixed (, and a key dollar index was slightly lower after earlier showing a bigger loss and touching levels last seen in November (

Economic news: An April figure for job openings is slated to arrive at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

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June 06, 2017 05:47 ET (09:47 GMT)