Pre-Market Report for Stocks, Bonds, Commodities and Currencies

UPDATED 7:05 ET

STOCKS – European stocks fell, heading for their first weekly decline since January, as a gauge of health-care companies dropped, while investors awaited a U.S. employment report. U.S. index futures fluctuated, while Asian shares advanced.

BONDS – Treasuries were set for the steepest weekly decline this year amid speculation a U.S. jobs report today will strengthen the case for the Federal Reserve to push ahead with tapering its monetary stimulus program.

COMMODITIES – Corn jumped to a six-month high and was poised for a bull market as demand rose for exports from the U.S., the top shipper, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

CURRENCIES РStepping up verbal intervention may be the Reserve Bank of Australia’s only option to curb the Aussie as strengthening economic data and a neutral policy stance drive the currency toward a three-month high.

ECONOMIC DATA – US Non-Farm Employment Change, Trade Balance, CAD Unemployment Rate due at 8:30, FOMC Member Dudley Speaks at 12 noon ET.

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