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Markets on Hold a Day After Wall Street Clinched Fresh Record -- Update

Markets on Hold a Day After Wall Street Clinched Fresh Record -- Update


 By Riva Gold and Suryatapa Bhattacharya -- Stocks little changed in Europe and Asia -- ECB minutes eyed -- Spanish assets recover 

Stocks showed signs of stalling Thursday a day after gains in internet retailers pushed the S&P 500 to its seventh straight session of advances.

Futures pointed to a flat opening on Wall Street, following muted moves in Europe and Asia, where many markets were closed for holidays.

If the S&P 500 does end the day higher Thursday, it would be its longest streak of records since 1997. U.S. stocks have been buoyed in recent sessions by continued signs that the economy remains on track and expectations of another quarter of above-average earnings growth.

"Investors understand data will be flipping over next month due to the impact of hurricanes," said Dave Donabedian, chief investment officer at CIBC Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management. "But I still think there will be rising confidence in the idea that this economic expansion is not over."

In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 edged down 0.2% midmorning after snapping a nine-session winning streak on Wednesday, its longest in over two years.

Spanish stocks showed signs of recovering, however, with Spain's IBEX 35 index adding 0.8%--led by gains in utility companies--after sliding 2.9% Wednesday, its biggest percentage decline in more than a year.

Catalonia set a course toward declaring its secession from Spain as soon as Monday as Catalan President Carles Puigdemont made a televised address in which he took issue with a speech Spain's king made the previous evening admonishing Catalonia's leaders for "inadmissible disloyalty."

Investors were also waiting for the European Central Bank to release minutes from its September meeting later Thursday. ECB President Mario Draghi signaled after that meeting that his bank could announce a plan to gradually end its bond-buying program in 2018.

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