U.S. stock-index futures declined as Greek political leaders struggled to form a government, raising concern the Mediterranean nation may default on its debt as early as next month.
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), the second-largest U.S. video-game publisher, fell 6.8 percent in German trading after forecasting a loss wider than analysts estimated. Citigroup Inc. (C) the third- biggest U.S. retail bank, slid 0.5 percent in Frankfurt as European lenders slipped.
Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) expiring in June dropped 0.5 percent to 1,359.3 at 10:16 a.m. in London. The benchmark equity gauge yesterday halted three days of declines, helped by a rally in bank shares after Warren Buffett said American lenders are in “fine shape.” Contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 58 points, or 0.5 percent, to 12,901 today.
Gulf markets surge on stronger oil
Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors’ fears by saying it would continue spending heavily on economic