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


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 – Stepping 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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