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Title: European Stock Futures Higher; U.K. Inflation Soars Over 10%

Aug 17, 2022 02:02AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

European stock markets are expected to open higher Wednesday, but gains are likely to be limited ahead of the release of key Eurozone growth data.

At 02:00 ET (06:00 GMT), the DAX futures contract in Germany traded 0.3% higher, CAC 40 futures in France climbed 0.4%, and the FTSE 100 futures contract in the U.K. rose 0.2%.

European stocks have benefited of late from stronger-than-expected corporate earnings, but growth concerns remain a dominant theme, offering potential risks ahead for profits that could sap the market's momentum.

The final reading of Eurozone Q2 GDP is due later in the session, and while preliminary data showed faster than expected growth, this could be the economy's last hurrah as soaring energy prices weigh on consumer’s discretionary spending.

The inflation rate is moving closer to the 13.3% peak the Bank of England forecast for October, while warning that the country faces a deep and prolonged recession.

In corporate news, Uniper (ETR:UN01) is likely to be in the spotlight after the German energy company, which secured a 15 billion euro bailout last month, unveiled a net loss of more than 12 billion euros ($12.2 billion) for the first half, partly blaming lower Russian gas supplies that forced it to buy at much higher prices elsewhere.

Oil prices rose Wednesday, bouncing from six-month lows after a bigger-than-expected drop in U.S. crude inventories reduced concerns over waning demand at the world’s largest consumer.

Crude stocks fell by about 448,000 barrels for the week ended Aug. 12, according to data from the industry body American Petroleum Institute, while gasoline inventories fell by about 4.5 million barrels.

Also of interest will be any more news on the talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with both Iran and the United States studying a proposal from the European Union, which could potentially remove sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

By 02:00 ET, U.S. crude futures traded 1.3% higher at $87.61 a barrel, while the Brent contract rose 1.1% to $93.38. Both contracts fell around 3% on Tuesday, its third straight losing day, touching their lowest levels since early February.

Additionally, gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,795.20/oz, while EUR/USD traded 0.1% higher at 1.0181.

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