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European markets seen lower after strong US job growth

European stocks are set to open lower Monday morning, after stronger-than-anticipated jobs data on Wall Street tempered expectations for a Federal Reserve rate cut.

The FTSE 100 is seen 13 points lower at 7,540, the CAC is expected to open down around 17 points at 5,576, while the DAX is poised to start 53 points lower at 12,515, according to IG.

European Markets: FTSE, GDAXI, FCHI, IBEX

Global equities have generally been boosted by rising expectations that central banks will keep interest rates at or near record lows to boost economic growth.

Those expectations were tempered by a closely-watched U.S. labor report on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls jumped 224,000 in June, beating forecasts for 160,000, running contrary to worries that both the employment and overall growth picture was beginning to weaken.

In currency markets, the Turkish lira weakened to its lowest level since late June after the country’s central bank governor, Murat Cetinkaya — whose four-year term was due to run until 2020 — was replaced by Murat Uysal.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sacked Cetinkaya for refusing the government’s repeated demands to cut interest rates, raising questions over the central bank’s independence.

The lira pared some of its losses to trade at around 5.7450 Monday morning.

In Germany, Deutsche Bank remains a focus for investors on Monday. The country’s biggest lender announced Sunday that it will pull out of its global equities sales and trading operations, scale back its investment banking and slash thousands of jobs as part of a sweeping restructuring plan to improve profitability.

Deutsche Bank shares were seen more than 4% higher in pre-market trade.

— Reuters contributed to this report.

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