U.S. stock futures ticked higher ahead of a flurry of earnings reports and jobless figures that are expected to reach a fresh pandemic low.
S&P 500 futures gained 0.2% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures strengthened 0.2%. Changes in futures don’t necessarily predict moves after the opening bell.
European stocks climbed Thursday for a three-day winning streak. The Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.5% in morning trade. Energy and utilities sectors led gains while consumer staples and healthcare sectors lost ground.
slipped 3.4% as it posted its fourth consecutive session of declines.
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 rose 0.1%. Other stock indexes in Europe also mostly climbed as France’s CAC 40 gained 0.5%, the U.K.’s FTSE 250 added 0.6% and Germany’s DAX rose 0.7%.
The Swiss franc and the British pound were up 0.1% and 0.3% respectively against the U.S. dollar and the euro was flat against the U.S. dollar, with 1 euro buying $1.18.
In commodities, international benchmark Brent crude fell 0.1% to $72.16 a barrel. Gold was flat, at $1,802.60 a troy ounce.
German 10-year bund yields were down to minus 0.399% and 10-year U.K. government debt known as gilts yields were down to 0.592%. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury fell to 1.270% from 1.279%. Yields move in the opposite direction from prices.
Indexes in Asia gained as Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 1.6% and China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite rose 0.3%.
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