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European shares closed down on Friday, as a growing political crisis in Italy weighed on sentiment, combined with continual U.S. debt worries.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday, as U.S. budget talks weighed on global markets.
U.S. stock index futures edged higher Thursday following the latest reading on jobless claims and GDP, but gains were limited amid ongoing concerns about the lack of progress in Washington's budget talks.
The U.S. Treasury's auction of $35 billion of 5-year bonds helped underpin Treasurys prices.
U.S. stock index futures were mixed Wednesday following the latest durable goods orders report and as the House of Representatives were set to meet to debate the debt ceiling.
IPO volumes will pick-up further towards the end of the year, according to a new report by EY, with German and British companies leading the way.
US Treasurys prices were aided by a strong 2-year note auction expectations for a longer period of accommodative Fed monetary policy.
U.S. stock index futures ticked higher Tuesday after a housing report that showed home prices rose in July, but gains were limited as investors digested some mixed messages from Federal Reserve officials on the future of the central bank's stimulus program.
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