US Stocks Eye Lower Open on Russia-Ukraine Tension; Mixed Corporate Earnings, Fox Drops Time Warner Bid


U.S. stocks were set to open lower Wednesday as tension seemed to intensify between Russia and Ukraine and as companies reported a mixed bag of earnings.

In economic data out Wednesday, the U.S. international trade gap unexpectedly narrowed to $41.5 billion from a revised $44.7 billion and compared to the expected widening to $45 billion. The consensus range was between $46.7 billion to $41.0 billion, according to data compiled by Econoday.

In equities, Twenty-First Century Fox ( FOXA ) dropped its bid to buy Time Warner ( TWX ). FOXA was higher 6% while TWX fell 13% before the market opened. Meanwhile Sprint ( S ) was down more than 16% and T-Mobile US ( TMUS ) dropped 8% as Sprint reportedly ended talks to buy its rival due to regulatory headwinds.


-Dow Jones Industrial down 0.39%

-S&P 500 futures down 0.42%

-Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.61%

-Nasdaq-100 Pre-Market Indicator down 0.32%


Nikkei down 1.05%

Hang Seng down 0.26%

Shanghai Composite down 1.26%

FTSE-100 down 1.15%

DAX-30 down 1.17%


(+/-) Large cap tech: mixed

(-) Chip stocks: unchanged to lower

(-) Software stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Hardware stocks: mixed

(-) Internet stocks: lower

(-) Drug stocks: lower

(-) Financial stocks: lower

(-) Retail stocks: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Industrial stocks: mixed

(-) Airlines: unchanged to lower

(+/-) Autos: mixed


(+) AOL (+5.0%) Q2 sales beat estimates

(+) ENPH (+19.6%) Q2 revenue rises 42%

(+) JAZZ (+2.4%) Q2 EPS beats views

(+) NSM (+6.5) Q2 sales top forecasts, reaffirms guidance

(+) THI (+1.8%) Tops Q2 estimates

(+) TC (+3.2%) Forecasts higher gold production for 2014


(-) WAG (-14.8%) Won't move tax base to U.K.

(-) GRPN (-17.4%) Wunderlich downgrades stock, cuts PT on Q3 guidance

(-) ARIA (-6.4%) Misses Q2 estimates

(-) CHK (-2.0%) Misses Q2 earnings expectations

(-) CTSH (-13.5%) Q2 revenue miss analysts' estimates

(-) FSLR (-1.9%) Reports Q2 result short of views

(-) MANU (-1.9%) Prices 12-million-share sale at $17 each

(-) PERI (-7.8%) Reports mixed Q2 results

(-) NUS (-14.4%) Reports Q2 sales, earnings well below street

(-) MDLZ (-2.8%) Q2 revenue misses, cuts 2014 sales guidance

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This article appears in: Investing , Commodities

Referenced Stocks: FOXA , TWX , S , TMUS

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