U.S. Stock Futures Drop as Greek Government Talks Stall

08/05/2012 12:49 AST  Bloomberg

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.

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