Stock futures lower on Ukraine, Middle East turmoil

|By:, SA News Editor

Stock index futures point to a lower open, as weekend developments in Ukraine and the Middle East dampen sentiment amid a light economic calendar; S&P and Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq -0.1%.

Major European averages are lower across the board, while markets finished mixed across Asia.

Treasurys have caught some buying interest, with the 10-year note at its best levels of overnight trade; along with the 0.5% jump in gold prices and a firmer yen, the move points to some elements of risk aversion in the early action.

Nearly 150 S&P 500 companies, totaling about one-third of the index market cap, will report earnings this week, including heavyweights such as Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and Coca Cola on Tuesday, AT&T and Facebook on Wednesday, and Amazon on Thursday.