U.S. equity-index futures gained as jobless claims fell and earnings from 21st Century Fox Inc. and CenturyLink Inc. beat estimates. Bonds rose as the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold, while Australia’s dollar led a decline in higher-yielding currencies.
Fuels and precious metals led commodities lower and Treasuries rose before the Federal Reserve announces its plans for monetary policy tomorrow. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell while the benchmark gauge of equity volatility extended gains to a two-month high.
U.S. benchmark stock indexes extended records, while silver and gold rose, as Federal Reserve chairman nominee Janet Yellen said she wants to maintain stimulus until the economy improves. The yen and euro weakened as reports showed slowing economic growth.