UPDATED 7:10 am ET
STOCKS – Most European stocks rose, with a regional gauge climbing for a second day, as Chinese manufacturing data beat estimates and as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed policy makers expect the inflation rate to remain below their target. U.S. index futures were little changed, while Asian shares advanced.
BONDS – Treasuries fell for a second day after Asian and European stocks rose.
COMMODITIES – Soybeans climbed to the highest level in more than 11 months on signs of rising demand for livestock feed in China, the top consumer of the oilseed.
CURRENCIES – The Japanese Yen fell for a second day versus the dollar as data signaling an improving outlook for Chinese manufacturing boosted stocks.
ECONOMIC DATA – US Unemployment Claims and CAD Core Retail Sales m/m due at 8:30, US Flash Manufacturing PMI at 9:45, Existing Home Sales at 10:00, Natural Gas Storage at 10:30 ET.