A higher opening looks to be on tap, with S&P 500 futures up 0.5% and Nasdaq 100 up 0.6% following Crimea's overwhelming and expected vote to secede from Ukraine. Calling the referendum illegal, the U.S. and EU warn Russia against moving to annex Crimea, and today mull sanctions.
Europe's up 0.75% and Shanghai gained 1% overnight.
Nearing $1,400 per ounce in overnight trade, gold has backed off a bit, up just a couple of dollars at $1,381 per ounce. The 10-year Treasury yield is higher by three basis points to 2.68%.