Pre-Market Report – Global Financial Markets

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STOCKS -European stocks declined, after two days of gains, as a measure of German investor confidence fell more than forecast. U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, while Asian shares rose.

BONDS – Treasuries advanced with European government bonds as a report showing German investor confidence fell for a second month in February boosted demand for the safety of fixed-income assets.

COMMODITIES – Gold retreated from the highest price in more than three months in London on speculation the metal’s advance may deter physical purchases. Silver fell, ending the longest run of gains since at least 1968.

CURRENCIES – The pound weakened from near a four-year high versus the dollar after a report showed U.K.inflation slowed to below the Bank of England’s target in January for the first time since November 2009.

ECONOMIC DATA – US Empire State Manufacturing Index due at 8:30, TIC Long-Term Purchases at 9:00, NAHB Housing Market Index at 10:00 ET.

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