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.
Gold hits 3-1/2 week high
Gold hit a 3-1/2 week high on Thursday and silver rose nearly 3 percent as escalating tensions in the Middle East knocked stocks and the dollar and drove investors into assets viewed as lower risk, s
$67m compensation for Almarai
Saudi Arabia's Almarai, the Gulf's largest dairy company, received 250 million riyals ($66.7m) from an insurer in compensation for a fire at one of its bakeries, it said yesterday.
$205m raised from sukuk by HSBC unit
The Malaysian Islamic banking arm of HSBC Holdings has raised 750 million ringgit ($205m) from the sale of five-year Islamic bonds (sukuk) at a yield of 4.24 per cent, IFR reported yesterday.