Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures were little changed after the gauge capped its best week since July, while gold and wheat fell. Russian stocks declined after a deadly clash in Ukraine, while the yen weakened as Japan’s trade deficit widened more than forecast.
Asian stocks fell, with the regional gauge heading for its first drop in four days, led by health-care stocks and information technology shares. Several markets across the region are shut today for a holiday.
Talks to merge the world’s largest gold mining companies, Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Mining Corp., broke down April 18 amid minor disagreements that leave open the possibility that a deal could be revived, two people with knowledge of the matter said.