U.S. stock futures were little changed ahead of inflation figures, putting major indexes on course to continue this week's pattern of small moves.

S&P 500 futures traded mostly flat and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures strengthened 0.1%. Changes in equity futures don't necessarily predict market moves after the opening bell.

In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.1% in morning trade as gains in the consumer-discretionary and information-technology sectors were offset by losses in the consumer-staples and healthcare sectors.

SSP Group declined 2.4%.

The U.K.'s FTSE 100 shed 0.1%. Other stock indexes in Europe mostly inched up as France's CAC 40 gained 0.3%, the U.K.'s FTSE 250 rose 0.1% and Germany's DAX climbed 0.1%.

The Swiss franc and the euro fell 0.2% and 0.1% respectively against the U.S. dollar whereas the British pound was up 0.2% against the U.S. dollar, with 1 pound buying $1.38.

In commodities, international benchmark Brent crude rose 0.7% to $63.72 a barrel. Gold was down 0.5% to $1,724.20 a troy ounce.

German 10-year bund yields strengthened to minus 0.280% and the U.K. 10-year gilts yield was up to 0.809%. 10-year U.S. Treasury yields strengthened to 1.696% from 1.674%. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions.

In Asia, indexes were mixed as Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.3% and Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.7%, whereas China's benchmark Shanghai Composite was lower 0.5%.

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