U.S. equities are mixed
U.S. equities are mixed, posting mild moves in pre-open action. The Dow is 0.1% weaker, the S&P 500 is down 0.06% while the NASDAQ is marginally higher at +0.01%. A variety of cross currents are keeping stocks near unchanged levels. Cautious optimism that the March 1 deadline to implement additional tariffs on imports from China will be extended remains supportive of Wall Street. President Trump said, yesterday, that there is no magical date for tariffs. But developments in Europe remain discouraging, with EU Commissioner Juncker dashing hopes for a Brexit deal when he meets with PM May today. Today's focus will be the FOMC minutes from the January 29-30 meeting, due at 14:00 ET, which could prompt cautious trading ahead of the release of the minutes. European bourses are modestly firmer, with the Euro Stoxx 0.2% in the green. Asian markets closed with gains, as Japan's Nikkei improved 0.6%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 1.0% and China's CSI 300 rose 0.4%. Corporate earnings are due from Agilent Technologies, Analog Devices, CVS Health, Entergy, GoDaddy, HSBC, and NetEase.