U.S. stock futures edged down to start the week ahead of another batch of earnings reports from major corporations.

S&P 500 futures fell 0.1% and futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.2%. Changes in futures don't necessarily predict movements after the opening bell.

Europe stocks climbed Monday for a five-day winning streak. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.2% in morning trade, and it is at its highest level in a year as gains in the communication-services and information-technology sectors were tempered by losses in the industrials and real-estate sectors.

The U.K.'s FTSE 100 was largely flat. Other stock indexes in Europe also mostly climbed as France's CAC 40 gained 0.2%, the U.K.'s FTSE 250 added 0.2% and Germany's DAX gained 0.2%.

The Swiss franc, the euro and the British pound strengthened 0.1%, 0.3% and 0.2% respectively against the U.S. dollar.

In commodities, international benchmark Brent crude declined 0.5% to $66.45 a barrel. Gold was flat, at $1,779.70 a troy ounce.

German 10-year bund yields were down to minus 0.263% and 10-year U.K. government debt known as gilts yields declined to 0.754%. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury fell to 1.564% from 1.571%. Bond yields move in the opposite directions to prices.

Stocks in Asia mostly climbed as Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.5% after falling as much as 0.5% earlier, Japan's Nikkei 225 index was broadly flat, and China's benchmark Shanghai Composite climbed 1.5%.

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