US futures slip with Ukraine

New York - US stock index futures edged lower on Monday as developments in Ukraine and Middle East looked to dominate trading amid a thin economic calendar.

The US bourse is set to open higher as European leaders get ready to meet. Credit: REUTERS

Fighters from Hamas, which controls Gaza, have repeatedly tried to infiltrate Israel over the past week through a network of hidden tunnels.

The United States and its allies have pointed the finger at pro-Russian rebels and at Moscow itself over the downing of the plane.

Russia has denied involvement and blamed the Ukrainian military for the disaster.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures fell 42 points, and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures lost 5 points.

The company also boosted share repurchases to $6 billion from $5 billion.

Activist investor Elliott Management acquired a $1 billion stake in the data storage equipment maker, and plans to push the company to spin off its VMware Inc unit, the Wall Street Journal reported. - Reuters