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US futures muted as markets ignore impeachment; pound erases gains after BoE

➤US House votes to impeach Trump.

➤Bank of England leaves monetary policy unchanged.

➤Swedish central bank exits negative rates.

➤US stock futures muted; global equities mixed.

➤Treasurys rise; dollar dips.

Wall Street looked set for a muted open as markets largely ignored U.S. President Donald Trump's historic impeachment. Bonds fell along with the dollar amid a flurry of monetary policy decisions from major central banks.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The process will now head to the Republican-controlled Senate, where he is expected to be acquitted.

Market reaction appeared to be limited, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures broadly flat.

On the trade front, China rolled out a list of U.S. imports to be exempted from tariffs for one year and stressed that Beijing and Washington remain in close communication regarding the signing of a preliminary deal.

In Europe, the FTSE 100 rose 0.2% to its highest level since August, while and France's CAC 40 slipped less than 0.1%. The German DAX fell 0.4%. The Euro Stoxx 50 slid 0.2%.

Asian equities were broadly lower, with Japan's Nikkei 225 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng down 0.3% each. The Shanghai SE Composite index ended the session flat.

Pound rises

In currencies, sterling was little changed at $1.3073 and 85.01 pence per euro after the Bank of England kept its interest rates unchanged in a widely expected decision.

The euro was little changed at $1.1116, while the Japanese yen was steady at 109.48 per dollar. The Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged, while keeping the door open to additional easing measures.

The Dollar Index, which tracks the U.S. currency's performance against a basket of developed-market peers, was little changed.

The Swedish krona was little changed after the Sveriges Riksbank ended a five-year period of negative interest rates by raising its repo rate to 0.0%.

The Norwegian krone strengthened 0.3% versus the dollar following Norges Bank's decision to keep its policy rate at 1.50%, which it said will likely remain at its present level "in the coming period."

Bonds fell, with the yield on 10-year Treasurys adding 3 basis points to 1.95%. The yield on German Bunds with the same maturity added 4 basis points to negative 0.22%.

In commodities, Brent crude oil rose 0.1% to $66.22 per barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange, and gold was steady at $1,478.30 per ounce.

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The day ahead:

8:30 a.m. ET — U.S. jobless claims (Econoday consensus: 221,000)

8:30 a.m. ET — U.S. Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index (Econoday consensus: 8.5)

8:30 a.m. ET — U.S. current account (Econoday consensus: $-127.8 billion)

10 a.m. ET — U.S. existing home sales

10 a.m. ET — U.S. leading indicators (Econoday consensus: 0.1% month over month)

10:30 a.m. ET — U.S. Energy Information Administration natural gas report

4:30 p.m. ET — U.S. Fed balance sheet

4:30 p.m. ET — U.S. money supply

6:30 p.m. ET — Japan consumer price index (Econoday consensus: 0.5% year over year)