U.S. Stock Futures Inch Up Ahead of Jobless Data

U.S. Stock Futures Inch Up Ahead of Jobless Data

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%.

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