Stocks heading south after earnings, economic data, Russia tensions

|By:, SA News Editor

Stocks are on track for a lower open following a mixed bag of earnings and economic data, as well as renewed tensions between Russia and Ukraine; Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq -0.3%, S&P -0.4%.

Morgan Stanley +1.8% premarket after quarterly earnings beat expectations, but both Mattel (-7.5%)  and AutoNation (-4.6%) plunged following disappointing results; among U.S. economic data, jobless claims came in better than expected, but housing starts report fell short.

Major European indexes trade lower across the board following the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia; Asian markets ended the day on a mixed note.

Treasury prices hover near their highs, sending the 10-year yield down 3 bps at 2.50%.

Still ahead: Philly Fed, EIA natural gas inventory.