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Futures Slide, European Stocks Drop On Fresh Infection, Inflation Fears

US equity futures and European stocks dipped in a quiet overnight session to start the week amid renewed concerns about rising inflation and a spike in Covid-19 cases in parts of the world. Gold briefly reached a three-month high, while oil and the dollar were little changed; 10Y TSY yields rose after dropping earlier in the session.

At 715am ET, Dow e-minis were down 125 points, or 0.36%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 17 points, or 0.39%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 46 points, or 0.34%, reversing much of Friday’s rebound.

Wall Street’s main indexes rebounded on Thursday and Friday as investors picked up beaten-down stocks following a pullback earlier in the week on concerns around inflation and a possible tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve. However, the mood reversed on Monday with travel, oil & gas and industrials the weakest sectors, while telecoms and autos were strong. Shares of Discovery jumped 12.5% in premarket trading after AT&T neared a deal to combine its media assets, including CNN and HBO, with the company. AT&T shares gained 3.1%.

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