As U.S. stock markets prepare to open in two hours, there are several notable movements in pre-market trading. Western Alliance Bancorp. (WAL) has seen a 6.4% increase, while Alphabet Inc. Cl A (GOOGL) has gone up by 6.2%.

Other companies experiencing gains include Alphabet Inc. Cl C (GOOG), Inspire Medical Systems Inc. (INSP), and Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. (PNFP), with each seeing at least a 5% increase. On the other hand, Snap Inc. (SNAP) and Robert Half Inc. (RHI) have both faced declines, with SNAP falling by 17.4% and RHI falling by 10.2%.

Looking at futures, the S&P 500 is down 0.14% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down by 0.20%. Additionally, the Cboe Volatility Index futures have decreased by 1.91%.

Moving on to commodities news, Brent crude oil futures have dropped by 1.05%, while gold futures have increased by 0.55%. Bitcoin also experienced a slight decrease of 0.14%, now valued at $29,190.

In the treasury market, the 10-Year Treasury yield has slipped to 3.890%.

During the previous regular trading session, the S&P 500 and the Dow saw increases of 0.28% and 0.08% respectively. However, stocks in Asia exhibited a downward trend, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index falling by 0.04% and China's Shanghai Composite Index falling by 0.26%.

As of afternoon trading, European stocks are also down, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index declining by 0.97% and the FTSE 100 Index falling by 0.71% compared to the previous close.

U.S. stock markets will commence trading at 9:30 a.m. ET. For the latest updates throughout the trading day, visit our website.

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