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US stocks tread water, dollar inches lower with eclipse on deck

US markets aren’t budging much ahead of the solar eclipse that’s set to dim the lights across the country later today.

US equity markets are set to begin the week right around where they left off on Friday. Futures tip the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq to open flat at 21,677, 2,426 and 5,798 respectively.

After nosing higher earlier in the day, the dollar is softening slightly, with the dollar index down 0.06 per cent at 93.375.

Other than today’s once-in-a-generation cosmic event — which will see the first total solar eclipse seen in the US since 1979 — not much is expected to stir markets, with focus shifting already to the gathering of central bankers at Jackson Hole later this week.

After returning to Washington, DC, from his not-so-quiet vacation in New Jersey, US President Donald Trump is due to make primetime televised remarks at 9 pm Eastern time on Monday regarding the US’s next steps in Afghanistan, while the rest of the White House regroups after the dismissal of chief strategist Steve Bannon Friday.