LONDON -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average
However, good news early in the day could be overshadowed by new data showing that productivity is falling while labor costs continue to rise. A small fall in the ISM non-manufacturing index is also expected.
Early pre-market trading indicated that companies likely to be active today would include Salesforce.com and Chesapeake Energy. A fall in first-quarter profits at Safeway earlier this week also attracted pre-market activity, with the shares trending downwards.
In the U.K., the FTSE 100
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Later today, investors may focus on the food sector, as both Sara Lee and Kraft Foods
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