U.S. Stock Futures Advance; Bonds Drop in Europe: Markets Wrap

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U.S. Stock Futures Advance; Bonds Drop in Europe: Markets Wrap(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity futures climbed alongside stocks in Europe as investors clung to their cautious optimism on prospects for easier monetary policy. Bonds fell across the euro zone.Contracts on all three of the main U.S. stock gauges rose after the S&P 500 Index closed Thursday at a record high. Gains in auto and chemical shares on the Stoxx Europe 600 pushed the benchmark toward its first increase this week. Shares dipped in Australia and Japan and posted modest gains in Hong Kong, China and South Korea.Government bonds extended their declines in Europe, heading for the worst week since at least October, after industrial output data for the euro region beat expectations. The single currency was steady. Treasury 10-year yields held close to a one-month high.The rally in risk assets is continuing to benefit from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s dovish comments this week, even after strong U.S. inflation data on Thursday offered a potential complication to policy makers when they set rates at the end of the month.Meanwhile, weak data from both Singapore and China sent another warning shot to the world economy on the impact of trade tensions. The reports came after President Donald Trump complained that China hasn’t increased its purchases of American farm products, a promise he said he had secured at his G-20 meeting with the country’s president Xi Jinping last month.Elsewhere, WTI oil headed for its sixth advance in seven sessions as operators in the Gulf of Mexico braced for Tropical Storm Barry. The lira weakened after Turkey said it started receiving parts of a Russian-made missile defense system, a move opposed by the U.S.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index climbed 0.2% as of 8:19 a.m. New York time to the highest on record.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.1%, the first advance in more than a week.The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index advanced 0.2%, the first advance in more than a week.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dipped 0.1%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index sank 0.3%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index declined 0.1%, the lowest in more than a week.The British pound advanced 0.1% to $1.2533, the strongest in more than a week.The Japanese yen climbed 0.2% to 108.26 per dollar, the strongest in more than a week.The euro dipped less than 0.05% to $1.1252.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell two basis points to 2.12%, the biggest fall in more than a week.Germany’s 10-year yield gained one basis point to -0.21% to the highest in more than five weeks.Britain’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to 0.831%.CommoditiesGold gained 0.2% to $1,406.47 an ounce.West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.1% to $60.24 a barrel.\--With assistance from Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Curtis in London at lcurtis7@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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