U.S. stock futures, euro skid after Paris attacks

Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:35pm EST
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By Lisa Twaronite

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures were sharply lower and the euro skidded in early Asian trading on Monday in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, with stocks expected to take their cue from poor investor appetite for risk after the assault and Wall Street's steep losses.

S&P 500 futures were down 0.8 percent, after shedding about 1 percent in light volume in late trading on Friday. News of the attacks by gunmen and bombers that killed 132 people in the French capital came after U.S. markets closed for the day.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.5 percent in early trade after losing 1.4 percent on Friday and more than 3 percent for the week.

Australian shares shed 1.4 percent in early trade.

The euro dropped about 0.7 percent to $1.0706, after logging a flat performance last week. It was down 0.8 percent against the yen at 130.90 yen.

The dollar slipped about 0.3 percent against the yen to 122.26.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, added about 0.2 percent to 99.155.

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Fifty-euro notes are seen at the Belgian Central Bank in Brussels in this December 8, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Yves Herman