Global shares shuffled marginally higher on Monday to stand just short of the record peak struck in January 2018, with buyers encouraged by upbeat China manufacturing surveys and hopes that China and the United States will agree a preliminary trade deal.
As of 0550 GMT, MSCI’s broadest gauge of world shares .MIWD00000PUS ticked up 0.1%.
U.S. stock futures ESc1 gained 0.31% to near record highs after a dip in a truncated U.S. session on Friday due to Thanksgiving holiday.
European stocks are expected to post modest gains at open, with pan-European Euro Stoxx 50 futures STXEc1 were up 0.19%.
German DAX futures FDXc1 rose 0.21% while FTSE futures FFIc1 inched up 0.13%.