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.
Technical analysis of the QSE index
This week’s uptick was on lower volumes and that indicates weakness of that up-move. However, we are generally optimistic on the index as positive momentum has been picking up. We maintain our suppor