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Stock Futures Steady Ahead of Expected Fed Rate Rise

U.S. stock futures flicked between small gains and losses ahead of an expected Federal Reserve rate increase, while a sharp escalation of threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted prices for energy and safe-haven assets.

Futures tied to the broad S&P 500 index inched up less than 0.1% Wednesday, while blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were flat and technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 futures weakened 0.1%. Major indexes closed lower Tuesday on expectations of tighter monetary policy.