Wall Street was set to open lower on Wednesday, as poor economic data from China and Germany put the focus back on the impact of a bruising Sino-U.S. trade war which is pushing some major economies towards the brink of recession.
The outlook for Germany`s export reliant economy was also grim and Chinese industrial output growth cooled to a more than 17-year low, adding to headwinds for US multinationals that rely on global demand.
The US bond market showed red flags, with two-year Treasury yields rising above those for 10-year paper for the first time since 2007, pointing to the risk of recession.
Wall Street`s main indexes surged more than 1.5% on Tuesday after Washington delayed the introduction of tariffs on some Chinese consumer goods.
Futures pointed to a drop of about 1% at the open on Wednesday.
"It`s almost as if global investors either don`t buy the tariff delay as a sign of real progress in the U.S.-China trade war or have been too consumed by further evidence of global economic weakness to care," BMO Capital Markets strategist Stephen Gallo said.
At 7:00 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 239 points, or 0.91%. S&P 500 e-minis were down 25.5 points, or 0.87% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 75.25 points, or 0.97%.
Interest-rate sensitive lenders were among notable losers before the bell. Bank of America Corp , Citigroup Inc , JPMorgan Chase & Co , Goldman Sachs , Wells Fargo & Co and Morgan Stanley were all down between 1.5% and 2.4%.
Tariff sensitive chipmaker, which staged a comeback a day earlier, were also down. Micron Technology Inc , Broadcom Inc and Nvidia Corp among others slipped more than 1%.