Wall Street stock indexes looked set to open higher on Monday, tracking Asian and European markets, after the better-than-expected U.S. non-farm jobs number on Friday.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indexes posted their strongest closes ever on Friday after the much-watched official employment report showed 255,000 new jobs were created in July. This was well above the expected 180,000.
After the non-farm payrolls, Asian and European markets shrugged off weak Chinese trade data overnight. Chinese exports and imports fell more-than-expected in U.S. dollar-denominated terms.
The U.S. dollar traded higher against a basket of currencies at around 96.3 on Monday, having traded below 96.0 before the jobs report on Friday.