U.S stock-index futures fell Sunday, amid even more urgent warnings from U.S. officials that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could come soon.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
S&P 500 futures
and Nasdaq-100 futures
all slid late Sunday. Oil prices
jumped as well, as a potential war could send oil prices over $100 a barrel, analysts have warned.
U.S. markets will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
Stocks have fallen for two consecutive weeks amid fears of a land war in Europe combined with rising inflation and the likelihood of multiple hikes in interest rates.
On Friday, the Dow
dropped 232.85 points, or 0.7%, to close at 34,079.18; the S&P 500 index
fell 31.39 points, or 0.7%, to end at 4,348.87; and the Nasdaq Composite Index
declined 168.65 points, or 1.2%, to finish at 13,548.07, forming a bearish “death cross” chart for the first time in two years.
For the week, the Dow dropped 1.9%, the S&P 500 fell 1.6% and the Nasdaq declined 1.8%.
Tensions around Ukraine continued to ratchet higher Sunday, as Russia reneged on a pledge to withdraw tens of thousands of troops from neighboring Belarus at the conclusion of military exercises. U.S. officials said Sunday that Russia has decided to invade Ukraine, based on intelligence that field commanders have been given final to prepare for an attack. Diplomatic efforts to avoid war continue, however.
The U.S. and its Western allies have vowed to impose tough sanctions against Russia if it invades, and Russia could retaliate by cutting oil and gas exports. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris warned that U.S. consumers could be affected, paying higher energy prices.