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  • Global stocks bounce back after a bloody Black Friday batters US equities. US futures are up, led by a rally in tech shares. 
  • Amazon is up 2.7% in premarket trading on Cyber Monday. 
  • European Stocks are rebounding on optimism around Italy’s budget progress — the FTSE MIB is up almost 3%.

Global stocks are enjoying a relief rally, led by a tech revival in the US and optimism around Italy’s budget deal with the EU, after a volatile week that was capped by the worst Black Friday trading day since 2010. 

US futures rallied while shares of Amazon soared in premarket trading, up 2.7%. It’s a sign investors are cheery about the retailer’s prospects on the biggest American online shopping day of the year. So called Cyber Monday is set to see a spike in sales figures after retail had one of the best Black Fridays on record with total spending hitting around $60 billion, up approximately 6% from last year. 

Investors that day were skittish, though — Friday saw one of the weakest Black Friday trading sessions in eight years, according to Markets.com.

The picture contrasts with weeks of negativity around so-called FAANG group — consisting of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google. Futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq index point to an opening rally of about 1.8% on Monday. Both Apple and Facebook were trading up 1.9% in premarket trading in New York. 

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In Europe, optimism surrounding potential progress around Italy’s budgetary dispute with the EU sent stock indexes higher. The government is discussing reducing next year’s budget deficit target to as low as 2% of gross domestic product from the draft budget target of 2.4% of GDP, according to Reuters.

The Euro Stoxx 600 gained 1.3% as of 10.00 a.m in London (5.00 a.m EST) while Italy’s FTSE MIB was up 3%, leading gains in other European markets on Monday. 

Italian Lenders UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo were up 5.8% and 5.3% respectively, leading Italian banks higher. 

Asian markets closed flat on Monday. Brent Crude rose above $60 a barrel and is trading up 1.6%. 

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