U.S. stock-index futures declined on Friday amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine and as investors await speeches by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.
Foot Locker rose in early New York trading after the maker of athletic shoes reported second-quarter earnings; Aeropostale fell a day after the teen-apparel retailer posted a loss for the second quarter. Home Depot tabbed retail-industry veteran Craig Menear as chief executive of the home-improvement retailer.
Speaking to CNBC ahead of Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard stuck with his forecast for a late first-quarter rate hike by the Fed.
After minutes from the latest Fed policy meeting, published Wednesday, were more hawkish than some expected, market watchers are keen to discover whether Yellen will alter her usual dovish tone.
It comes as geopolitical tensions between Ukraine and Russia heightened once again, as Reuters reported that around 90 Russian aid trucks had entered Ukraine without permission from Kiev.