European stock-index futures rose, indicating the Stoxx Europe 600 Index will climb for a third day, as the region’s markets reopen after the Easter holiday. U.S. index futures and Asian shares were little changed.
Hungary’s economic-sentiment index was positive in April for the first time in almost 16 years as business confidence grew and consumers became less pessimistic after Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a second four-year term.
Euro-area consumer confidence unexpectedly increased to the highest in six and a half years in April, after the unemployment rate retreated from a record and the single currency bloc’s recovery gained momentum.
The yield premium investors demand to hold Italian 10-year bonds over their German peers narrowed to the least in three years on bets the European Central Bank will take further action to combat low inflation.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index measures Americans' perceptions on three important variables: the state of the economy, personal finances and whether it's a good time to buy needed goods or services. A new index reading is generated every week, making it a timely sentiment gauge.