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European Index Futures Little Changed Before FOMC Minutes

European stock-index futures were little changed, after equities posted the biggest two-day gain since April, as investors awaited cues from central banks. U.S. index futures and Asian shares were little changed.

Heineken NV (HEIA) may move after reporting first-half profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates. Carlsberg A/S may be active after the brewer cut its full-year earnings forecast. A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S may move after a report that the company suspended oil operations in Iraq.

Futures on the Euro Stoxx 50 Index expiring next month gained less than 0.1 percent to 3,094 at 7:11 a.m. in London. Contracts on the U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index advanced less than 0.1 percent, while those on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slipped less than 0.1 percent. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.1 percent.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rallied 1.8 percent in the past two days as concern eased over the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. It’s rebounded 3.3 percent from its low on Aug. 8.

The Bank of England publishes the minutes from its August policy meeting at 9:30 a.m. in London, and the Federal Reserve releases the minutes of its July 29-30 gathering after European markets close. Both central banks are considering when to start raising interest rates in their respective countries.

The annual Fed Bank of Kansas City’s economic symposium starts tomorrow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will discuss their outlook for the economy and monetary policy on Aug. 22.

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