Apr 17 2014 | 8:24 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading down 13 points and S&P futures are trading down 2 points. The threat of a civil war in Ukraine and disappointing quarterly results from IBM and Google might unnerve investors already shaken by a strong recent selloff in tech stocks. Since early March, the tech-heavy sector has declined over 6%, underscoring the challenges internet and IT companies face as corporate results are due this week. IBM blamed lower than expected earnings on weak demand from emerging markets, while Google reported margins narrowed on declining advertising. Reports indicate pro-Russian forces attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed. Fed Chair, Janet Yellen said achieving the central bank's economic goals "will likely require low real interest rates for some time."  


 



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Apr 16 2014 | 8:47 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 64 points and S&P futures are trading up 8 points. Global stock markets are up today after China reported better than expected economic growth, which comes as a surprise to investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. The world's second largest economy reported a 7.4% increase in the first quarter, versus expectations of 7.0%. China's retail sales data came in better than forecasted but industrial output was a shade lower than expectations. Bullish sentiment also spread across the globe following a late rally in US markets in the previous trading sessions, however gains could be capped as Ukraine appears to be on the brink of civil war.


 



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Apr 15 2014 | 8:30 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 35 points and S&P futures are trading up 5 pointsUS equity futures are edging higher ahead of an eventful trading day, with inflation data, several Federal Reserve speakers and a slew of prominent earnings poised to keep investors busy.  Some of today's Q1 corporate reporters include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Coca-Cola (KO), Intel (INTC), and Yahoo! (YHOO). Tensions in Ukraine remain on the back burner, with recent media reports indicating the country has started attempts to remove pro-Russian separatists from government buildings.   


 



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Apr 14 2014 | 8:45 AM

Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 43 points and S&P futures are trading up 6 points. Rising tensions and growing fears of a military conflict in Ukraine are causing more uncertainty for financial markets following last week’s selloff. According to reports, the new Ukrainian government had set a deadline which has now passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. Thus far, there was no sign the rebels were complying with the ultimatum. European Union foreign ministers will be meeting today to discuss tougher sanctions against Russia. However, investors are concerned that both sides will end up imposing increasingly stringent measures that will economically harm the region.

• On the economic calendar today, retail sales which increased in March by the most since September 2012 as Americans bought more cars, clothing and garden supplies, helping the economy recover from the...

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