Futures mixed before opening bell

May 20, 2015 9:49 AM

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U.S. stock futures were mixed Wednesday, as a rebound in U.S. home construction and a surprise announcement by the European Central Bank to frontload bond buying sent the greenback higher.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 0.4%. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.7%.

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