European stock futures mixed; caution ahead of U.S. jobs report
European stock futures mixed; caution ahead of U.S. jobs report
Admin 06 Oct, 2023

U.S. jobs report in focus

The main focus of attention this session will be the release of the U.S. jobs report for September, as this is likely to be a key factor in the Federal Reserve's next interest rate decision. 

It's been a mixed week for U.S. labor market data, starting out with higher than expected job openings as of the end of August, then lower than expected private payroll numbers from ADP. Thursday's unemployment claims ticked up from the prior week but were slightly below expectations.

The U.S. central bank held the rate steady when they met in September, but a hawkish assessment of conditions pointed to another interest rate increase this year, resulting in U.S. Treasury yields soaring to 16-year highs.

EU summit in Spain starts

Back in Europe, European Union leaders are set to meet in a summit in Spain, starting later Friday, and are set to discuss how the bloc can strengthen its competitiveness, be at the forefront of new green and digital technologies and reduce its reliance on third countries, notably China.

The EU leaders could also discuss a potential agreement with the U.S. on steel and aluminium trade that would avert the re-imposition of Trump-era tariffs, according to Bloomberg News.

In terms of economic data, German factory orders rose 3.9% on the month in August, a sharp improvement from the revised 11.3% drop the prior month, while U.K. house prices fell 0.4% in September, according to data from Halifax.