U.S. stock indexes finished the day in positive territory as investors assessed the uncertain effects of the Omicron variant on the economy. European natural-gas prices jumped on reports that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline could be shut should Russia invades Ukraine.
Travel and leisure stocks were among the biggest fallers as UK ministers are expected to approve new rules imposing home working and vaccine certification across England in the face of rising cases.
It’s a quiet day ahead, with employment data from France and the U.S in focus. ECB central bank chatter and COVID-19 news updates could also influence, however.