European markets set for mixed open as investors await key economic data
- Final IHS Markit manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers' index) readings for May are due out of the euro zone and the U.K. on Tuesday morning, along with flash euro zone inflation figures and unemployment rates. Italy confirms its final first-quarter GDP growth rate.
- Oil prices surged overnight during Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 1.36% at $70.26 per barrel. U.S. crude futures advanced 2.04% to $67.67 per barrel.
European markets are set for a mixed open on Tuesday after closing out their fourth straight month of gains, with a host of economic data out of the euro zone coming into view.
Britain's FTSE 100 is seen around 7 points lower at 7,016, Germany's DAX is expected to climb by around 58 points to 15,479 and France's CAC 40 is set to add around 21 points to 6,468, according to IG data.
Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed overnight as investors reacted to China's Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for May. The final activity reading came in at 52, slightly exceeding analyst expectations of 51.9.
U.S. stock index futures were little changed in early premarket trade on Tuesday.
Europe's major indexes closed lower on Monday after a quiet session due to public holidays in the U.K. and the U.S., with inflation figures out of Germany and Spain guiding sentiment. Optimism over the region's economic recovery prospects has continued to drive markets higher in recent months, with more indicators to come on Tuesday.
Final IHS Markit manufacturing PMI readings for May are due out of the euro zone and the U.K. on Tuesday morning, along with flash euro zone inflation figures and unemployment rates. Italy also confirms its final first-quarter GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate.