The U.S. futures markets are lower as the crisis in the Ukraine escalated over the weekend. The instability threatens to upend the flow of oil and exploration of natural gas reserves as well as the export of corn and wheat. Stateside, investors are anticipating personal income and spending numbers, and February auto sales. American Express launches a new card targeted at moms, and The Carlyle Group buys a unit of Tyco, focused on Korea.

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