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European Stock Futures Edge Lower; Lagarde Speech, Payrolls in Focus

Published Jul 08, 2022 01:59AM ET
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By Peter Nurse 

Investing.com - European stock markets are expected to open marginally lower Friday, ending the week on a cautious note ahead of a speech by ECB President Christine Lagarde as well as the keenly-awaited U.S. monthly jobs report.

At 02:00 AM ET (0600 GMT), the DAX futures contract in Germany traded 0.3% lower, CAC 40 futures in France dropped 0.1% and the FTSE 100 futures contract in the U.K. fell 0.4%.

European indices closed sharply higher Thursday, continuing the rebound seen after the brutal sell-off in the first half of the year as investors try to shake off concerns about a looming recession. 

However, central bank actions are keeping these investors on edge as they try to assess the impact of aggressive rate hikes on global growth.

With this in mind, a speech by European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde later in the session on the risks facing the global economy will be of great interest ahead of the central bank’s next meeting in which it is expected to lift interest rates.

Also of prime importance will be the release of the latest monthly U.S. jobs report, which is expected to shed more light on economic trends with the number of Americans in paid employment seen increasing modestly though not by as much as the number of jobs added in May.

In Europe, the economic calendar on Friday includes French trade data as well as Italian industrial production

The shooting of Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier Friday while campaigning for a national election as well as the ongoing political crisis in the U.K. which has seen the departure from office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson create an air of uncertainty in the global markets.

Oil prices stabilized Friday but are still on course for a second straight weekly loss as recession fears, and the associated demand destruction, continued to weigh.

U.S. crude inventories hit two-month highs last week, according to Thursday’s data from the Energy Information Administration, with stockpiles at just over 8 million barrels.

By 02:00 AM ET, U.S. crude futures traded 0.1% lower at $102.63 a barrel, while the Brent contract rose 0.3% to $104.98. Both benchmarks fell to near three-month lows on Wednesday, while Brent's $10.73 drop on Tuesday was the third biggest for the contract since it started trading in 1988.

Additionally, gold futures rose 0.1% to $1,741.35/oz, while EUR/USD edged lower to 1.0158.

European Stock Futures Edge Lower; Lagarde Speech, Payrolls in Focus
 

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Empire Destroyer
Empire Destroyer Jul 08, 2022 4:05AM ET
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Data doesn't matter now, I mean look at the jobless claims data yesterday? Market rallied and cheered on bad and good data :D
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The USD has raked all the gains for the week already even if the NFP is green! My thoughts
 
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