Wall Street Flat Ahead of Yellen and Developing Ukraine

U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open on Friday, as futures pared losses after the latest flare of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Futures initially lost ground after Ukrainian authorities said trucks from a Russian aid convoy had crossed into Ukraine without permission, which it termed a “flagrant violation” of international law and as the country appealed to the international community to condemn Russia’s actions as illegal and aggressive.

Market participants will closely monitor a speech Yellen is due to make at a policymakers’ meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for insights into how soon interest rates may be raised. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is also expected to speak.

 
The S&P 500 .SPX has risen for four straight sessions, its longest streak in two months, rallying to a record closing high of 1,992.37, on positive economic data. The benchmark index is up 1.9 percent for the week, on track for its best week in four months.

S&P 500 e-mini futures ESc1 were down 1.75 points and fair value – a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract – indicated a slightly lower open. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures 1YMc1 fell 7 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures NQc1 were flat.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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