Stock futures drift after Dow's 15,000 milestone

4:24 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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U.S. stock futures on Wednesday were drifting after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 15,000 for the first time ever in the prior session.

Ahead of Wednesday's opening bell, the Dow added 0.03% to 14,988, the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.12% to 1,618.70 and the Nasdaq 100 stock futures index declined 0.04% to 2, 945.25.

The Dow on Tuesday rose 0.6% to a record close of 15,056.20. The S&P 500 index rose 0.5% to 1,625.96. The Nasdaq composite index rose 0.1% to 3,396.63.

In Asia on Wednesday, Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.74% to 14,285.69. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained around 1% to 5,199.80. South Korea's Kospi advanced marginally to 1,956.45.

The Chinese government reported that growth in imports and exports accelerated in April. Benchmarks in mainland China and Hong Kong advanced.

Benchmark oil for June delivery was up 8 cents to $95.70 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 54 cents to finish at $95.62 per barrel on the Nymex on Tuesday.

By Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

USA Today / Gannett

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