The FTSE 100 Futures is trading at 7,436.40 up with +0.33% percent or +24.40 point. The CAC 40 Futures is trading at 5,527.50 with a loss of -0.64% percent or -35.50 point. The DAX Futures is trading at 12,222.39 up with +0.74% percent or +89.90 point. The EURO Stoxx 50 Futures trading at 3,435.00 with 0.00% percent or -0.00 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
The dip in UK equities was despite a much better-than-expected reading on US retail sales for March that reportedly saw Goldman Sachs bump up its forecast for GDP growth in the first quarter from 2.1% to 2.4%.
Survey readings on the French and German economies in April published on Thursday also beat economists’ forecasts.
PREVIOUS DAY ACTIVITY
For the day the Dow is trading at 26,559.54 up with +0.40% percent or +106.88 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,905.03 up with +0.16% percent or +4.58 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,998.06 up with +0.025% percent or +1.98 point.
In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 22,200.56 up with +0.50% percent or +110.44 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 29,963.26 with a loss of -0.54% percent or -161.42 point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 3,262.14 up with +0.37% percent or +11.94 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 39,140.28 with a loss of -0.34% percent or -135.36 point at 12:15 PM.