European stocks are expected to struggle for direction at the open on Tuesday 

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European stocks are expected to struggle for direction at the open on Tuesday ahead of earnings reports from several big banks in the U.S.

London’s FTSE is seen opening 5 points lower at 7,128, Germany’s DAX 1 point higher at 15,803, France’s CAC 40 up 3 points at 6,567 and Italy’s FTSE MIB up 79 points at 25,238, according to IG.

European investors will be looking stateside on Tuesday ahead of the second-quarter earnings season for banks, which kicks off Tuesday starting with JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs before the opening bell.

Banks are expected to double this quarter, following the 138% earnings growth the sector saw in the first quarter. The S&P 500 broadly is expected to produce its strongest earnings growth since the fourth quarter of 2009.

U.S. stock futures were mostly flat on Monday night after the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to almost 35,000 during the regular trading session. Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley will report their earnings later in the week.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is scheduled to appear in front of Congress Wednesday and Thursday to provide an update on monetary policy.

In Asia-Pacific overnight, shares were mostly higher in Tuesday trade as investors reacted to the release of China’s trade data for June which showed exports jumped 32.2% compared with a year earlier, customs data showed. That was much higher than a forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll for a 23.1% growth in exports for June.

In coronavirus news, the World Health Organization said Monday that most fully vaccinated people who get Covid delta infections are asymptomatic. However, hospitalizations are rising in some parts of the world, mostly where vaccination rates are low and the highly contagious delta variant is spreading.

In Europe, carmaker VW releases a strategy update at 12:30 p.m London time and inflation data for June is published by France and Germany.

Source: CNBC

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