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The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment claims edged higher unexpectedly last week, although some economists had expected worse.
US labor productivity fell by less than expected at the end of 2020, helping to douse labour cost growth.
The American jobs market may be primed for a full recovery, one of the country's most influential outplacement firms said.
US equities futures are pointing to a lower start ahead of remarks from US central bank boss Jerome Powell later in the day which some will undoubtedly hope will help to soothe frayed nerves in government bond markets.
London stocks were still mired in red come midday on Thursday amid ongoing pressure from rising government bond yields overnight.
Cyclicals paced gains in the stockmarket on Wednesday, with Travel and Leisure, and Household Goods and Construction both helped by optimism around the UK's handling of the pandemic and growing confidence both towards the US and Eurozone.
The focus in financial markets on Thursday will be on any policy-relevant remarks out of US Federal Reserve chief, Jerome Powell, at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal, starting from 1700 GMT.
Travel-related and homebuilders' shares paced gains on London's second-tier index on Wednesday, helped by growing confidence that UK authorities had the pandemic increasingly under control.
European shares finished on a mixed note on Wednesday as investors eyed new budget measures from the UK to help power the post Covid-19 pandemic recovery and shrugged off a survey that suggested the Eurozone might be in recession.
Activity in the US services sector slowed last month amid a big decline in the rate of new orders, the results of a closely-followed survey showed.
Private sector employment in the States grew a tad less quickly than anticipated last month, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
Financial markets' focus in the middle of the week will be on global services sector activity with survey results due out in all the main geographical areas.
European shares finished the session on a mixed note, creeping into positive territory after a cautious start to the session as Asian shares fell overnight.
German retail sales sank at the start of 2021 as the sector was clobbered by Covid-19 restrictions and a three percentage point hike in the country's value added tax.
Travel and Leisure shares were among the top performing areas of the market at the start of March, as investors cheered news that the number of new coronavirus infections was still falling sharply on both sides of the Atlantic.
The market spotlight on Tuesday will be on readings for monthly retail and unemployment in the euro area's largest economy, Germany.
Investors focus at the start of the month will be on the US non-farm payrolls report for February, which is expected to show a somewhat stagnant US jobs market.
European shares started March on a strong note as the bond market sell off eased with yields falling, while investors also took heart from Covid vaccine rollouts, although inflationary fears persisted.
Central bankers need to be ready for inflation to move in either direction, former Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, said.
Equity prices will be able to digest the repricing now unfolding in government bond markets and the Growth-Policy tradeoff remains "supportive", strategists at JP Morgan argued.