June 27, 2018 / 12:19 PM / 23 days ago

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Futures erase losses on softer US stance on foreign investments

June 27 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were nearly flat on Wednesday, pulling back from sharp losses earlier, after the Trump administration softened its stance on restricting foreign investments.

The U.S. government will rely on a modernized Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) as the best approach to protect sensitive domestic technologies, a senior administration official said.

At 7:59 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 10 points, or 0.04 percent. S&P 500 e-minis were down 1.25 points, or 0.05 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 12.75 points, or 0.18 percent.

Half an hour earlier Dow e-minis were down 129 points, S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 were down 12.25 points and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQc1 were down 57 points.

The S&P 500 tumbled as much as 2 percent Monday on reports that the U.S. Treasury Department was drafting curbs that would block firms with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership from buying U.S. tech firms. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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