Tepid tones in early trades

  • German DAX futures -0.2%
  • UK FTS futures -0.1%
  • Spanish IBEX futures -0.1%

This mirrors the mood in US futures, with S&P 500 futures and Dow futures down 0.2% while Nasdaq futures are down 0.1%.

In Asia, the Nikkei closes down 0.4% while the Hang Seng is down 0.6% and Shanghai Composite down 0.9% as the risk mood keeps slightly more defensive after the pullback late yesterday in US trading.