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World Stock Markets Weaker, As Key U.S. Jobs Report Looms

European and Asian stock markets were mostly weaker in subdued trading Friday. Traders and investors are awaiting what is arguably the most important U.S. economic report of the month today: the employment report from the Labor Department. The key non-farm payrolls figure is expected to come in at up 170,000 in October. Look for active trading in the aftermath of the 8:30 a.m. EDT report. U.S. stock indexes were slightly lower in overnight trading.

The U.S. presidential election that is now just a few days away is drawing more and more attention from the world marketplace.

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Global Stock Markets Mixed; Trump, Crude Oil Are Bearish Elements

European stock markets were mostly firmer Thursday after a U.K. court ruled the government would need a vote from U.K. Parliament to officially start to leave the European Union (Brexit). The ruling could delay the process of the U.K. pulling out of the EU.

European market watchers were awaiting the results of the Bank of England monetary policy meeting Thursday.

Asian shares were mixed Thursday, with Japan closed for a holiday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings

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Gold Boosted, World Stock Markets Pressured, As Trump Gains In Polls

World stock markets were mostly weaker overnight and gold prices are posting good follow-through gains Wednesday as the latest polling in the U.S. presidential election also shows a much tighter race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Trump closing the gap, and even leading in at least one major poll, as the election is less than one week away is helping to pressure global equity markets and lift safe-haven gold.

Most of the world perceives Trump as a bigger unknown should he win the presidency. Gold prices are closing in on the key $1,300.00 level.

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Upbeat China Economic Data Lifts Asian Markets; Europe Equities Down on Weak Corporate Earnings

Global stock markets were mixed Tuesday. European stocks were pressured in part from weaker-than-expected corporate earnings reports and by slumping crude oil prices. Asian stocks were supported by some upbeat economic data coming out of China, the world's second-largest economy.

China's official purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51.2 in October from 50.4 in September.

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World Equity Markets Weaker; Focus On U.S. Politics, Crude Oil

Global stock markets were mostly weaker Monday, following the losses seen in New York on Friday. There was some downbeat economic data coming out of Japan, as industrial production and retail sales reports were a miss to the downside of expectations. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins.

The marketplace is still digesting the surprise news Friday afternoon that the FBI is ostensibly reopening its investigation regarding Hillary Clinton's email server messages

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World Markets Quieter; U.S. 3rd Quarter GDP Report Awaited

World markets were mostly on hold Friday, awaiting the big data point for the week: Friday's U.S. gross domestic product report for the third quarter, which is expected to see a rise of 2.5%, year-on-year. Many markets could become more volatile in the immediate aftermath of that report, especially if it is a miss from expectations.

Asian and European stock indexes were mostly weaker overnight. Japan's Nikkei stock index posted gains despite Japan's consumer price index falling 0.5% in September

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Upbeat U.K. Economic Data Sinks European, U.S. Bond Markets

In overnight news, the U.K. economy grew by 0.5% in the third quarter from the second, and grew by 2.3%, year-on-year. The numbers were better than market expectations. Also, retailers in the U.K. saw stronger than expected sales in October, a report said Thursday.

The upbeat GDP and consumer spending data came despite the U.K. Brexit vote in June, which many said would cripple the British economy.

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Global Equity Markets See Pressure From Downbeat U.S. Earnings Data, Lower Oil Prices

World stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday, following some downbeat U.S. corporate earnings news, including from Apple, and as crude oil prices are slumping this week. There were also some weak consumer confidence reports coming out of the European Union Wednesday.

U.S. stock indexes are also pointed toward lower openings when the New York day session begins.

Gold prices are under mild selling pressure in early U.S. dealings.

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World Equity Markets Mostly Firmer Amid Better Investor Risk Appetite

European equity markets were mostly firmer Tuesday, amid an upbeat economic report from Germany and better corporate earnings reports in Europe and the U.S. Asian stock markets were mixed, with some selling pressure tied to a weaker South Korean gross domestic product report.

A weaker yen against the U.S. dollar helped to support Japan's Nikkei stock index. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward higher openings when the New York day session begins.

Trader and investor risk appetite has been on the upswing the past few trading sessions.

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World Stock Markets Firmer On Big U.S. Merger; Heavy Slate Of Earnings This Week

Global equity markets were mostly firmer Monday, ahead of a busy week of U.S. corporate earnings reports.  Two big U.S. companies are merging it was announced over the weekend, as AT&T intends to purchase Time-Warner.

European equities were lifted in part by improving banking sector stocks.

Gold prices are modestly lower in early U.S. trading. Bears still possess the overall near-term technical advantage.