Wall Street is set to open without much change on Friday morning, torn between the temptation to take profits and optimism about interest rates, but this should not prevent it from lining up a fourth consecutive week of gains.

Half an hour before the opening, futures contracts on New York's main indices were up between 0.1% and 0.2%, suggesting a very slight start to the session.

After this week's reassuring indicators, investors are continuing to bet on a decline in inflationary pressures and forthcoming interest rate cuts.

For the time being, these signs of better inflation control are encouraging an upward revision of expectations of further Fed monetary easing.

According to the CBOE's FedWatch barometer, the estimated probability of a 25 basis point rate cut in September now exceeds 50%, compared with 46% a month ago.

Against this favorable backdrop, the Dow Jones broke through the 40,000-point barrier for the first time in its history yesterday, before reversing downwards at the end of the session.

For the week as a whole, the Dow is currently up 0.9%, while the Nasdaq is up nearly 2.2%.

The only notable indicator on a day that promises to be quiet on the macroeconomic data front, the Conference Board's index of leading indicators is expected to fall by 0.3% in April.

But overall, consumer spending still looks solid with just a few months to go before the presidential election, which explains the Fed's current reluctance to cut its monetary policy any slack.

Investors will have their minds much more absorbed next week, with, among other things, the eagerly awaited results from Nvidia, the world's number one in processors for AI.

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