US STOCKS-Futures slip as bank stocks fall on hedge fund default concerns

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US STOCKS-Futures slip as bank stocks fall on hedge fund default concerns
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* Futures down: Dow 0.38%, S&P 0.37%, Nasdaq 0.25%

By Devik Jain

March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures dropped on Monday after Wall Street's surge in the prior session as major lenders came under pressure on concerns over possible spillover effects of a hedge fund's default on margin calls.

Nomura 8604.T and Credit Suisse CSGN.S warned of significant losses after the U.S. hedge fund, named by sources as Archegos Capital, defaulted, hitting shares in some big U.S. media and Chinese tech companies.

The news has sparked fears that other lenders could be in the process of exiting these positions too. in Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC ) BAC.N , Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C ) C.N , JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) JPM.N , Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) GS.N , Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC ) & Co WFC.N and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) MS.N dropped between 0.8% and 3.3% in premarket trading.

Shares in Discovery Inc DISCA.O rose about 5% after tumbling 27% on Friday, while U.S.-listed shares of Tencent Music TME.N rose 4% after nearly halving in value last week.

ViacomCBS VIAC.O , Baidu BIDU.O and VIPShop VIPS.N fell between 0.2% and 1.5%.

"This incident reminded markets of the dark side of leverage, likely leading some players to cut their risk exposure near record highs to avoid any serious losses if the selling snowballs," said Marios Hadjikyriacos, investment analyst at online broker XM in Cyprus.

Wall Street's main indexes surged over 1% in a late-session rally on Friday as investors looking to rebalance their portfolios at the end of the quarter, piled into economy-linked banks, energy, materials as well as technology names.

The Dow and the S&P 500 are less than 1% from their record highs, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq is still about 7.1% from its February all-time high.

At 06:38 a.m. ET, Dow E-minis 1YMcv1 were down 124 points, or 0.38%, S&P 500 E-minis EScv1 were down 14.5 points, or 0.37% and Nasdaq 100 E-minis NQcv1 were down 32.75 points, or 0.25%.

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