- Concerns about the Federal Reserve's impending rate hike caused futures to fall and equities to drop further. Bonds climbed as the risk-off mentality was exacerbated by tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
- After one of the worst weeks for global stocks since the pandemic began, US market futures reversed early gains, lowering hopes of any relief. After gaining as much as 1% earlier, futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 went down. The 10-year Treasury yield fell, as did rates on most European bonds. The dollar index rose marginally.
- The Stoxx Europe 600 index fell more than 2%, putting it on course for its worst two-day drop since June. Tech companies were among the biggest losers. The US & UK have ordered diplomats' families to leave Ukraine, fearing the potential of a confrontation. The benchmark stock index in Russia has dropped by as much as 6.8%. As investors sought safe havens, the Swiss franc soared to its greatest level versus the euro in more than six years.
- On Wednesday, the Fed is likely to announce a rate rise in March and a balance-sheet decrease later this year to help combat inflation. The fading stimulus is prompting a reassessment of the economy and market outlook.
- Kremlin: Tensions are escalating as a result of NATO statements about deploying more forces to Eastern Europe.
- NTV reports that Japan would make virus measures for 18 prefectures through February 20th.
- Iran has ruled out any preconditions imposed by the United States in order to resurrect the 2015 nuclear agreement, including the release of detainees - Official Statement
- The UK has begun to evacuate personnel from the UK embassy in Ukraine - BBC