US stock futures slip ahead of earnings, data

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US stock futures ticked lower ahead of earnings reports and a flurry of economic indicators including jobless claims and home sales.

Futures on the S&P 500 were down 0.3% and futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down 0.2%. Changes in futures do not necessarily predict moves after the opening bell.

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Shares in Europe fell on Thursday. The Stockx Europe 600 was down 0.5% in morning trading. The consumer staples and energy sectors posted the main losses while the healthcare sector grew.

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The UK’s FTSE 100 was down 0.5%. Other stock indexes in Europe also slipped mostly as France’s CAC 40 shed 0.6%, the UK’s FTSE 250 fell 0.4% and Germany’s DAX 0.5%.

Swiss franc, euro and British pound fell 0.1%, 0.2%, and 0.2% respectively against the US dollar.

Among commodities, international benchmark Brent crude fell 0.6% to $85.28 a barrel. Gold also fell 0.2% to $1,781.80 per troy ounce.

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The yield on the German 10-year bonds rose to minus 0.116% and the 10-year UK government debt, known as the gilt yield, was up to 1.165%. The 10-year US Treasury yield rose to 1.659% from 1.635%. Bond yields move in opposite directions to prices.

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China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite rose 0.2%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.8% and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.9%, with stocks in Asia mixed.

an artificial intelligence tool was used in the making of this article.


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