US equity futures moved closer to the flat line as corporate earnings reports continued to roll and major indices held near record highs.
S&P 500 futures traded flat and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 0.1%. Changes in futures don’t necessarily predict moves after the opening bell.
European stocks rose on Wednesday. The Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.6% in morning trading, thanks to gains in the real estate and IT sectors.
The UK’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4%. Other stock indexes in Europe also rose mainly, with the French CAC 40 advancing 0.5%, the UK FTSE 250 0.2% and the German DAX 0.3%.
The Swiss franc, euro and pound sterling fell 0.1%, 0.2% and 0.1% respectively against the US dollar.
In commodities, the international benchmark Brent fell 0.3% to $ 66.36 per barrel. Gold rose 0.5% to $ 1,787.40 per troy ounce.
German 10-year bund yields strengthened to minus 0.254% and UK 10-year gilts yields rose to 0.743%. Yields on 10-year US Treasuries strengthened to 1.572% from 1.562%. Yields move in the opposite direction of prices.
Indices in Asia mostly slipped, with the Hong Kong Hang Seng falling 1.8% and the Japanese Nikkei 225 index down 2%.
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April 21, 2021 at 03:58 am ET (07:58 GMT)
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