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Global Markets Update: European Shares Boosted by Positive PMI Data

Friday, 3 Feb 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

S&P 500 futures suggest Wall Street will start the day with a fractional gain after European shares are up slightly due to better than expected UK January services PMI data. Investors await U.S. jobs data for indications of the strength of the recovery in the world's biggest economy. Asian shares closed mixed on Friday as a dip in figures on China's non-manufacturing sector helped dampen financial markets optimism.