Global Markets Update: Strong Interest in French & Spanish Bonds

5:10 AM ET Thu, 19 Jan 2012

U.S. futures look to open in the red. Markets in Europe were mixed, although advancers outpace declines. Spanish and French bond auctions see strong interest. The Euro dips slightly after the auctions, even though Spain sold 6.6 billion euros worth of bonds, more than planned. Crude prices rise on hope of progress in the euro zone. In Asia, markets are higher following Wall Street's good day and the IMF funding plan. And Aussie shares are near flat on a surprise fall in December jobs data.