Europe raised its security levels after attacks at the Brussels International Airport and a subway station near the European Union headquarters killed at least a dozen in both locations. The STOXX Europe 600 slipped about 1 percent. France’s CAC and Germany’s DAX fell about a percentage point in early trading. Asian markets were mixed at close. U.S. markets opened today down on the news.
In the U.S., the S&P 500, Dow Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite futures slipped ahead of market open after making some gains after market close yesterday. The Dow and S&P gained about 0.1 percent and the Nasdaq was up 0.3 percent yesterday, but have fallen less than a percent since trading opened. The S&P slipped 0.28 percent to 2,045.9 and the Nasdaq lost 0.53 percent, falling to 4,783.60 and the Dow lost 0.22 percent to 17,584.42 at the opening bell.
Gold prices gained over half a percent, reaching $1,252.50. Crude oil prices were also down.
Wolverine World Wide opened down with share prices falling to $18.50, down just over a percent from the closing share price of $18.70 yesterday. Lululemon Athletica Inc., DSW Inc., Caleres Inc. and Under Armour Inc. all opened down less than a percent.
Nike Inc. reports its third quarter earnings today after market close, and share prices were up slightly in pre-market trades. Nike opened at $64.83 after closing at $64.72.