An employee wearing a protective uniform works on a high speed production line of insulin at a factory of the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk..
Stocks in Europe moved grudgingly higher on Friday ahead of a key report on the U.S. labor market, with defensive sectors leading the advance.
The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.20% gained 0.29% to 378.57. Pharmaceuticals including Novo Nordisk NOVO.B, +1.76% , food producers such as Danone BN, +0.33% , and household product makers like Reckitt Benckiser RB, +0.66% gained ground.
After a one-day break, the German DAX DAX, +0.04% gained 0.17% to 11945.37.
After a week of rough readings on purchasing managers indexes — the Stoxx 600 has dropped over 3% over the last 5 days — nonfarm payrolls data is due at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
Economists polled by MarketWatch forecast the U.S. added 147,000 new jobs last month. See jobs preview.
U.S. stocks staged a reversal on Thursday, closing higher after initially dropping when weak service-sector data was released. After the close of trading, Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida said the risk of a recession is low — if the central bank gets interest-rate policy right.
A report that Apple has asked iPhone 11 suppliers to boost production gave a lift to the European tech sector, with sensor maker ams AMS, +2.58% and chip producers STM, +1.99% and Dialog Semiconductor DLG, +2.81% advancing.