Feb. 24 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Updated from 6:46 a.m. EST.

Here are 10 things you should know for Monday, Feb. 24:   

1.-- U.S. stock futures turned higher on Monday despite declines in Asia after a slower increase in Chinese property prices.

European stocks were rising slightly after trading lower earlier following an an unexpectedly positive reading of German business confidence.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed 0.2% lower. China's Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.7%.

2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Monday is bare.

3.-- U.S. stocks on Friday fell as comments from the Federal Reserve suggested the central bank will continue to scale back its economic stimulus program.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.19% to close at 16,103.30 while the S&P 500 dropped 0.19% to 1,836.25. The Nasdaq decreased 0.1% to 4,263.41.

4.-- Ukraine's acting government issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last reportedly seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass crimes against protesters who stood up for months against his rule, The Associated Press reported.

Calls are mounting in Ukraine to put Yanukovych on trial, after a tumultuous presidency in which he amassed powers, enriched his allies and cracked down on protesters. Anger boiled over last week after snipers attacked protesters in the bloodiest violence in Ukraine's post-Soviet history.

"The state treasury has been torn apart, the country has been brought to bankruptcy," Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a leader of the protest movement and prominent lawmaker whose name is being floated as a possibility for prime minister, said in parliament Monday.

The acting finance minister said Monday that the country needs $35 billion (25.5 billion euros) to finance government needs this year and next and expressed hope that Europe or the United States would help.

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