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U.S. futures mixed, focus on Greek bailout; Dow Jones up 0.22%

Stock MarketsFeb 21, 2012 06:45AM ET
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This article has already been saved in your Saved Items - U.S. stock futures were mixed on Tuesday, after euro zone finance ministers agreed to a new bailout package for Greece but uncertainty remained over the country’s ability to honor the deal. 

Ahead of the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures pointed to a rise of 0.22%, S&P 500 futures signaled a 0.13% gain, while the Nasdaq 100 futures indicated a 0.02% loss.

Euro zone finance ministers agreed on the details of a EUR130 billion financial package for Greece, which will cut the country’s debt-to-gross domestic product ratio to 120.5% of GDP in eight years and the rate of the original bailout loan is to be reduced.

However, investors remained cautious as concerns over the implementation of the package lingered, while the Troika, which is composed of the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, said that "additional debt relief" will be required in the future.

Energy stocks were expected to be active as AES Corp, the first U.S. power producer to enter China about two decades ago, is looking to sell all or some assets there.

Meanwhile, a court in Ecuador rejected an order by arbitrators that an USD18 billion pollution ruling against Chevron should be frozen, but the judges referred an appeal by the U.S. oil company to the country's Supreme Court.

U.S. engineer URS Corp said it will buy Canadian oilfield services company Flint Energy Services for CAD1.25 billion, to expand its presence in the oil and gas sector.

In the tech sector, Apple saw shares rise 0.21% in pre-market trade after the company signed an agreement with China Telecom to sell its iPhone in China from next month as it looks to boost its flagging share of the world's biggest mobile phone market.

Elsewhere, pharmaceuticals group Pfizer declined 0.14% in pre-market trade while exploring partnerships with more Chinese drug companies as it pushes ahead with plans to sell more off-patent drugs in the Chinese market, after clinching a deal with a Shanghai-listed drug maker.

Other stocks in focus included Wal-Mart, Kraft Foods, Home Depot and Dell, due to report results later in the day.

Across the Atlantic, European stock markets were sharply lower. The EURO STOXX 50 tumbled 1.05%, France’s CAC 40 retreated 0.86%, Germany's DAX declined 0.85%, while Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 0.41%.

During the Asian trading session, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.3%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index shed 0.23%.

U.S. futures mixed, focus on Greek bailout; Dow Jones up 0.22%

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