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European Stock Futures Mostly Higher on Wall Street Lead

Stock MarketsNov 25, 2020 02:02AM ET
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By Peter Nurse - European stock markets are seen opening mostly higher Wednesday, taking their lead from a record-breaking session on Wall Street, as the global economic outlook improves based on optimism over potential coronavirus vaccines.

At 2:05 AM ET (0705 GMT), the DAX futures contract in Germany traded 0.3% lower, but CAC 40 futures in France climbed 0.2% and the FTSE 100 futures contract in the U.K. rose 0.3%. 

Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.5% to close above 30,000 for the first time, while the S&P 500 gained 1.6%, to 3,635.41, also a record high. The Nasdaq Composite added 1.3%.

Increased certainty in the U.S. political process, with President-elect Joe Biden finally formally beginning the transition to the White House, has helped market confidence. 

But the major factor has been growing optimism that vaccines to treat Covid-19 will be available soon, with AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN) reporting positive results for its candidate on Monday. Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech have already filed for emergency use authorization for their drug, while Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA)  said last week it expects to submit its filing in the coming weeks after establishing its drug's effectiveness.  

Workable vaccines are desperately needed, with the latest European PMI data pointing to a double-dip recession on the back of the recent government-mandated restrictions.

Some governments have started scaling back these lockdowns ahead of the important Christmas shopping period, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to propose a further tightening of the country’s coronavirus restrictions until at least Dec. 20. 

The European data slate is largely empty Wednesday, but there are a lot of important numbers due out of the U.S. ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, including jobless claims and the latest GDP release.

In corporate news, Swiss-based chemicals business Clariant (SIX:CLN) plans to cut around 1,000 jobs amid a series of divestments.

Oil prices continued to push higher Wednesday, despite data pointing to a build in U.S. crude supplies, as traders look to future increases in demand on the back of expectations of a prompt rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. 

U.S. crude inventories rose by 3.8 million barrels last week, according to an estimate released Tuesday by the American Petroleum Institute, with the official government report due out later in the session.

U.S. crude futures traded 0.5% higher at $45.12 a barrel, while the international benchmark Brent contract rose 0.8% to $48.14, with both benchmarks above the $45 mark for the first time since March.

Elsewhere, gold futures fell 0.1% to $1,802.75/oz, earlier dropping through the $1,800 level for the first time since July, while EUR/USD traded 0.1% higher at 1.1896.


European Stock Futures Mostly Higher on Wall Street Lead

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