Connecticut lawmakers agreed on a bipartisan measure that would ban sales of semiautomatic rifles like the one used in the Newtown school massacre and require background checks on buyers in all firearms transactions.
Japanese and Australian stock futures rose after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled further monetary easing. Gains in Asian equities may be limited after China’s manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in August and the yen’s rise to a three-week high against the dollar weighs on Japanese exporters.
Asian stocks fell the first time in four days after China’s bad loans jumped the most since 2005 and the yen held gains amid concern about global growth. Indian shares touched a record before paring gains.