Futures drop as Turkey turmoil rattles global markets

(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures fell about half a percent on Friday, tracking global shares, as the Turkish lira tumbled on concerns over the country’s economy and its deepening rift with the United States.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The moves in the currency market set a cautious tone on Wall Street, with 18 of the 25 most active stocks slipping into the red in premarket trading.

The dollar rose to a 13-month high against a basket of currencies also driven by rising trade tensions between Russia and the United States.

“Problems in emerging markets are more important than ever because of the global growth engine that emerging markets have become,” Peter Cecchini, chief market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York, wrote in a note.

“This will eventually matter greatly to U.S. markets.”

Investors are also keeping a close watch on inflation numbers to gauge the impact of tariffs on pricing and for clues on the path of interest rate hikes.

Data from U.S. Labor Department is expected to show that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in July, after rising 0.1 percent in June. The report is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

At 7:16 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were down 103 points, or 0.4 percent. S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were down 12.75 points, or 0.45 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were down 40.25 points, or 0.54 percent.

A surge in high-flying stocks such as Apple and Amazon, as well as strong earnings have driven U.S. stocks near record levels, suggesting that investors have largely shrugged off trade worries.

Intel (INTC.O) dropped 2.4 percent in premarket trading after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock. Micron (MU.O) also fell 1.8 percent.

Dropbox (DBX.O) fell 6.2 percent despite a better-than-expected quarterly report.

Tesla’s shares rose 0.7 percent. Reuters reported the electric car maker’s board is seeking more information about how Elon Musk plans to take the company private.

Reporting by Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva