May 18, 2022 at 3:43 am ET

U.S. stock futures have fallen, forcing Wall Street to extend annual volatility as investors weigh the Federal Reserve’s commitment to fighting inflation over the possibility of tighter policies that will stifle growth.

S&P 500 futures fell 0.4% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 0.3%. Changes in futures do not necessarily predict market movements after markets open.

On Wednesday, European exchanges rose with a four-day winning streak. Stoxx Europe 600 increased in the morning trading by 0.3%. The major utilities and consumer sectors have led to growth, and materials and information technology have lost ground.

SSE jumped 2.6% in four sessions, while Uniper rose 2.1%.

The UK FTSE 100 was basically equal. Other stock indexes in Europe have mostly risen: the French CAC 40 rose 0.4%, the British FTSE 250 added 0.3% and the German DAX – 0.2%.

The Swiss franc, the euro and the British pound fell against the US dollar by 0.2%, 0.3% and 0.5% respectively.

Brent crude rose 0.5% to $ 112.54 a barrel. Gold fell 0.5% to $ 1,809.50 an ounce.

The yield on German 10-year-old chests rose to 1.063%, while the yield on 10-year-old piglets in the UK fell to 1.875%. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries reached 2.989% from 2.969%. Bond yields move back to prices.

Stocks in Asia were mixed: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.5% after falling 0.9% during the session, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9%, while China’s Shanghai Composite benchmark fell 0.2%.

Traders worked on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.


Courtney Blood / Associated Press

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