US equity futures rose slightly ahead of economic data and the release of minutes from the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting.
S&P 500 futures were up 0.1% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.1%. Changes in futures do not necessarily predict movements after the markets open.
European stocks advanced on Wednesday for a three-game winning streak. The Stoxx Europe 600 was little changed in morning trading as gains in communications services and information technology sectors were offset by losses in healthcare.
Informa added 2.4% and Ipsen climbed 2%.
The UK’s FTSE 100 rose 0.7%. Other stocks in Europe were also mainly higher, with France’s CAC 40 rising 0.2%, the UK’s FTSE 250 0.5% and Germany’s DAX rising 0.1%.
The Swiss franc strengthened 0.1% against the US dollar, with 1 franc buying $ 1.08. The euro was stable against the dollar, with 1 euro buying $ 1.19. The British pound depreciated 0.1% against the US dollar, with 1 pound buying $ 1.38.
In commodities, Brent gained 0.2% to $ 62.89 per barrel. Gold slipped 0.1% to $ 1,740.50 per troy ounce.
The yield on the 10-year German bund fell to minus 0.333% and the yield on the 10-year UK gilts fell to 0.780%. The 10-year US Treasury yield slipped to 1.647% from 1.656%. Yields move in the opposite direction of prices.
In Asia, the indices were mixed, with the Japanese Nikkei 225 index gaining 0.1% after falling 0.6% during the session, while the Hong Kong Hang Seng lost 0.6% after having gained 0.6% earlier and China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite stagnated, falling 0.1% after losing 0.8%.
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April 7, 2021 at 4:05 am ET (8:05 am GMT)
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