European stocks struggle, United States futures fall as trade hopes fade

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Investors are also on the lookout for any updates on trade talks after the economic advisor Larry Kudlow stated last week that a quick resolution between the United States and China may not be a possibility. -China trade deal ebbed in recent days. The pound strengthened a third day in four on signs of further progress in Brexit negotiations.

S&P 500 Index futures lost 0.2 per cent.

Futures on the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq swung from a loss to a gain and back, while advances in telecom and healthcare companies helped the Stoxx Europe 600 Index stay in the green in relatively thin trading.

Politics, geopolitics and central banks will all be in focus in a busy week for investors.

Politics, geopolitics and central banks will be the focus of the week for investors with the United States midterm elections likely to dominate coverage early on, seen as a referendum on the policies of President Donald Trump. Though officials are expected to keep the benchmark rate unchanged at their penultimate 2018 meeting Thursday, clues will be sought for moves into 2019. Asian markets closed mostly down, which also pulled down emerging markets' shares and currencies.

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Elsewhere, oil was on track for its seventh day of declines.

Japan's Topix index fell 0.6 per cent as of 11:22am in Tokyo.

In the commodities markets, the Bloomberg Commodities Index went up by 0.8%, which is the highest jump in the last one week. NY time; the Nasdaq Composite added 0.8 percent.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.2 percent.The MSCI Emerging Market Index rose 0.2 percent.

In the bonds market, the yield on the 10-year Treasury in the U.S. dropped to 3.19%, Germany's 10-year Treasury yields remained nearly the same at 0.42% and the UK's 10-year yield went up to 1.5%. And the price of gold also slipped by 0.1% to trade at $1,231.52 per ounce. West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.7 per cent to US$62.68 a barrel. The euro traded at US$1.1388 while the pound gained 0.1 per cent to US$1.2988.

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