U.S. stock futures are rising Thursday, with markets poised to trade higher for a fifth straight session.
Both should hold up well if inflation heats up.
The new credit rating at Wells Fargo is still in the upper tier on S&P's scale of investment-grade bond issuers, so the cut may have little immediate impact. But it's a sign that the scandal is taking an incremental toll on the bank's creditworthiness and could push up its borrowing costs slightly.
Wells Fargo, the embattled U.S. bank, plans to "refresh" its board to improve oversight of management. But corporate-governance experts say the term has become a euphemism for the delicate art of shaking up a failed board without blaming individual directors.