Stock futures lower after G20 drops free-trade pledge

March 20, 2017 By Tanya Agrawal (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday as investors treaded carefully following the G20’s decision to drop a pledge to avoid trade protectionism. * Financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies dropped a pledge to keep global trade free and open, acquiescing to an increasingly protectionist United States after a two-day meeting failed to yield a compromise. * Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans is scheduled to speak on the economy at 1:30 p.m. ET (1530 GMT) and will…

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