Futures fall amid North Korea missiles, Trump wiretap talk

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U.S. stock index futures fell on Sunday amid news of North Korea's firing of four ballistic missiles and President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him. U.S. stocks have climbed to all-time records, with the Dow piercing the 21,000 mark last week for the first time and the benchmark S&P 500 rising 11.4 percent since Trump's election last November. Investors are upbeat about Trump's economic agenda, including tax reform and infrastructure spending, but wary of stock valuations that are historically expensive. The S&P 500 is trading at about 18 times forward earnings estimates against the long-term average of 15 times, according to Thomson Reuters data. The former top U.S. intelligence official rejected Trump's accusation that Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 presidential campaign, even as the White House urged Congress to investigate the allegation, which Trump made on Saturday without offering supporting evidence.

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles, three of which landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, the latest in a series of provocative tests by the reclusive state. S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 7.75 points, or 0.33 percent, with 39,400 contracts changing hands, as of Sunday evening.

Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 14 points, or 0.26 percent, in volume of 7,210 contracts. Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were down 57 points, or 0.27 percent, with 7,035 contracts changing hands.

South Korea acting president calls for swift deployment of U.S. anti-missile system SEOUL South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday Seoul should swiftly complete the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system after North Korea launched four missiles earlier in the day.

Japan says North Korean missiles landed as close as 300 km to Japan coast TOKYO Missiles fired by North Korea on Monday landed in waters as close as 300 km (186 miles) to Japan's northeast coast, Japan's Minister of Defence said.

Syrian pilot whose plane crashed in Turkey says aircraft shot down en route to Idlib ISTANBUL A Syrian air force pilot who bailed out as his warplane crashed on Turkish territory told a Turkish rescue team his MiG-23 had been shot down, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.