European stocks edged back from record levels on Monday, as traders absorbed an environment where jobs growth is lagging behind the broader economic recovery.
U.S. stock futures
also perched lower. On Friday, the S&P 500
finished at its second-highest level, gaining ground after the Labor Department reported 559,000 new nonfarm jobs were created in May, which lagged behind economist forecasts for a second month.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, herself a former Federal Reserve chair, over the weekend suggested higher interest rates would be a “plus” if the result of strong economic growth. Eurodollar futures however suggest the first U.S. central bank rate rise won’t occur until 2023.
The Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed to pursue a 15% global minimum tax for companies — aimed at big technology corporates who are able to license their intellectual property to subsidiaries in low-tax jurisdictions — but there is still a long road to implementation.
Flexible-office-space provider IWG
tumbled 15%, after warning underlying earnings in 2021 would be well below the previous year’s result, due to lower-than-expected improvements in occupancy.
Fertilizer maker Yara International
rose 3%, after agreeing to collaborate with commodity trader Trafigura on developing and promoting ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping.