U.S. stock index futures fell late Thursday, ahead of an expected announcement by President Donald Trump on China on Friday. As of midnight Eastern, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures /zigman2/quotes/210407078/delayed YM00 +0.54% were down about than 120 points, or 0.5%, while S&P 500 futures /zigman2/quotes/209948968/delayed ES00 +0.49% and Nasdaq-100 futures /zigman2/quotes/210219788/delayed NQ00 +0.51% fell about the same percentage. Stocks closed lower Thursday, falling sharply in the final hour of trading, after Trump said he would hold a news conference on China on Friday, rattling investors who had been enjoying a three-day rally on optimism about an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.44% closed down 147.63 points, or 0.6%, at 25,400.64, while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.05% lost 6.40 points, or 0.2%, to end at 3,029.73 and the Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.66% closed 43.37 points, or 0.5%, lower at 9,368.99.
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Stock-index futures slip as investors await Trump remarks on China