The trial of an Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, accused of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history began under heavy security, nearly four years after 13 soldiers were killed and 32 others were wounded at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. The AP reports that a row of shipping freight containers, stacked three high, created a makeshift fence around the courthouse.
Trading volume has been muted, marking the lightest full-day action of the year, a sign that market participants are largely holding pat near historic levels. Investor focus on Federal Reserve has receded after last week's bearish payroll report suggested the Fed would not ease its monetary stimulus soon, while most of the bellwether companies have already reported.
U.S. stock-market futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street after key indexes fell from record highs the prior session.