U.S. stock futures ticked higher ahead of a weekly update on new applications for jobless benefits.
S&P 500 futures were up 0.4% and futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average strengthened 0.2%. Futures on the technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 added 0.7%. The contracts don’t necessarily predict market moves after the markets open.
In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.3% in morning trade, and it is at its highest level in a year. The information-technology and communication-services sectors led gains while the consumer-staples and consumer-discretionary sectors lost ground.
The Sage Group jumped 2.2% for a five-session winning streak.
Carnival fell 2.8% snapping a three-day run of gains and SSP Group slipped 2.7%.