UPDATED 6:55 am ET
STOCKS – European stocks hovered near a seven-week high as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve policy meeting. U.S. index futures were also little changed.
BONDS – The extra yield U.S. corporate bonds offer over Treasuries climbed to the highest level this year.
COMMODITIES – Corn slumped for a fourth day to reach the lowest level in more than a week as farmers in the U.S. accelerated harvesting of a record crop.
CURRENCIES – The yen dropped to a seven-year low against the dollar as investors bet Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will win an early election, giving him a mandate to extend his economic-stimulus program.
ECONOMIC DATA – US Building Permits due at 8:30, Crude Oil Inventories at 10:30, FOMC Meeting Minutes at 14:00, NZD PPI Input q/q at 16:45, CNY HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI at 20:45 ET.