US Stock Futures Edge Lower Ahead Of CPI, Housing Starts
US stock futures slipped in early pre-market trading, ahead of economic data. The Federal Open Market Committee will begin its 2-day policy meeting today. The Consumer Price Index and housing starts data for February will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 12 points to 16,154.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures fell 2.40 points to 1,848.30. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index declined 6 points to 3,645.50.
A Peek Into Global Markets
European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 0.16%, London's FTSE 100 index dropping 0.14% and STOXX Europe 600 Index slipping 0.15%. German DAX 30 index declined 0.42% and French CAC 40 Index fell 0.11%.
Asian markets ended higher today. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average surged 0.94%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.51% and China's Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.08% and India's BSE Sensex gained 0.1%.
Analysts at Credit Suisse upgraded 21Vianet Group (NASDAQ: VNET) from “neutral” to “outperform.” The target price for 21Vianet Group has been raised from $27 to $36.
21Vianet's shares closed at $27.80 yesterday.
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