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For investors looking for a day to kick off early from their trading screens and head to the great outdoors or to a sun-drenched patio, today may be as good a day as any this summer.

U.S. stock markets are closed for the Fourth of July holiday, and overseas markets aren't providing much inspiration to take the TSX in any fresh direction. Futures for the S&P/TSX composite index aren't showing a lot of conviction, but are up 0.1 per cent ahead of the opening bell.

Both European and Asian equities are mixed and relatively unchanged amid with little fresh news. Gold is up a bit but oil continues to track modestly lower on perceptions the violence in Iraq won't lead to any major oil supply disruptions.

The backdrop remains positive, however, after Thursday's surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report. MSCI's All World share index, which tracks 45 countries, hit a new three-year high overnight for the fourth time in a row. U.S. payrolls surged in June by 288,000 workers and unemployment fell two notches to 6.1 per cent.

The labour market appears to be mending at a faster pace than the Federal Reserve expected, and more strong job reports later this summer may prompt the Fed to raise its projections for its benchmark interest rate at the end of 2015 and 2016. Fed officials last month projected their target rate - which has been near zero since December 2008 - will be 1.13 per cent at the end of 2015 and 2.5 per cent a year later.

Federal funds futures contracts traded on the CME Group exchange are now placing odds of a rate hike in June 2015 at 57 per cent, up from 51 per cent prior to Thursday's jobs data. A month ago it was at 43 per cent.

All this may not derail the bull market, of course, given a rate hike would be a sign of confidence in a sustainable and relatively robust economic recovery. However, it may mean more volatile trading for markets, if not a correction.

Now, here's a closer look at what's going on this morning and what's to come.



Futures: S&P 500 -0.10 per cent; Dow +0.05 per cent; Nasdaq -0.06 per cent; S&P/TSX +0.14 per cent

Hong Kong's Hang Seng +0.06 per cent

Shanghai composite index -0.20 per cent

Japan's Nikkei +0.58 per cent

London's FTSE 100 +0.01 per cent

Germany's DAX -0.09 per cent

France's CAC 40 -0.18 per cent


WTI crude oil (Nymex Aug) -0.22 per cent at $103.83 (U.S.) a barrel

Gold (Comex Aug) +0.10 per cent at $1,321.90 (U.S.) an ounce

Copper (Comex Sep) -0.29 per cent at $3.27 (U.S.) a pound


Canadian dollar at 94.04 (U.S.), up 0.0003

U.S. dollar index up 0.07 at 80.29


U.S. 10-year Treasury yield 2.64 per cent, up 0.01


No major reports scheduled.


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