U.S. stock futures edged up ahead of the beginning of corporate earnings season, with several major banks set to report before the opening bell.

Futures on the S&P 500 gained 0.1% and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded flat. Changes in equity futures don't necessarily predict market moves after the markets open.

In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.2% in morning trade as gains in healthcare and consumer discretionary sectors were balanced by losses in information technology and real-estate sectors.

The U.K.'s FTSE 100, which is dominated by large international businesses, added 0.1%. Other stock indexes in Europe were mixed as France's CAC 40 climbed 0.4%, Germany's DAX gained 0.1% and the U.K.'s FTSE 250 slipped 0.1%.

The Swiss franc and the British pound were up 0.1% and 0.2% respectively against the U.S. dollar and the euro was mostly flat against the dollar, with 1 euro buying $1.20.

In commodities, international benchmark Brent crude was up 1.1% to $64.38 a barrel. Gold remained flat, at $1,746.80 a troy ounce.

German 10-year bund yields fell to minus 0.295% and the yield on U.K. 10-year gilts slipped to 0.774%. 10-year U.S. Treasury yields rose to 1.635% from 1.622%. Bond yields move inversely to prices.

Indexes in Asia were mixed as Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.4% and China's benchmark Shanghai Composite gained 0.6%, whereas Japan's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4%.

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