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.
Euro gains more than 2% against Swiss franc
The euro rose more than 2% against the Swiss franc on Monday, moving back to parity and recovering from lows hit in the wake of a sweeping election victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Gree