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US stock futures whipsawed ahead of the opening bell but indicated a slightly higher open as the sell-off in stocks continued around the world. 

At 8:38 a.m. ET, futures trading showed the Dow was on track to open up by 126 points (0.53%), the S&P 500 up by 18 points (0.71%), and the Nasdaq up by 46 points (0.74%). 

The Dow and S&P 500 plunged into correction on Thursday, defined as a 10% drop from the most recent highs. According to Ryan Detrick, a senior market strategist at LPL Financial, this was the first time S&P 500 fell from a new all-time high to a 10% correction in nine days or less.  

The worst of the sell-off began last week Friday, when data on wages showed inflation may be picking up and could prompt the Federal Reserve to combat it with higher interest rates. This week, the market sell-off was amplified by so-called “target volatility funds” that rushed to sell stocks and buy protection against higher volatility.

Stock markets around the world that opened ahead of the US trading day on Friday were in sell-off mode. 

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