Wall Street could close out the week with another record high Friday as global investors prepare for the October employment report and watch from ripple effects from Apple Inc's (AAPL) - Get Report stronger-than-expected earnings and guidance.

European stocks are certainly looking firm in early trading, with Germany's DAX index hitting another lifetime high of 13,505.01 points in early trading before paring gains modestly to around 55.7 points, or 0.41%, on the session for the benchmark of shares in Europe's biggest economy.  Britain's FTSE 100 is also in the green, extending yesterday's surge -- the biggest in three months -- by 19 points to take the index to 7,575 points.

Wall Street may also make another run at all time highs today, but much will depend on the Labor Department's October employment report, where analysts are expecting to see around 315,000 new jobs added to the economy amid a post Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irene hiring surge. The headline unemployment rate is forecast to hold at 4.2%.

Wall Street may also make another run at all time highs today, but much will depend on the Labor Department's October employment report, where analysts are expecting to see around 315,000 new jobs added to the economy amid a post Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irene hiring surge. The headline unemployment rate is forecast to hold at 4.2%.

Apple's stronger-than-expected fourth quarter earnings statement, which included revenue forecasts of between $84 billion to $87 billion for the months in its fiscal year that overlap the holiday season, was also a solid sentiment boost for global financial markets which are becoming increasing reliant on tech-sector gains to fuel the current rally.

Apple shares were marked 3.2% higher in after-hours trading, indicating a record high opening price of $173.49 later today on Wall Street, a figure that would take the Cupertino, Calif.-based group's market capitalisation over $900 billion.

In Europe, Societe Generale SA (SCGLY) shares were an early mover of note, falling 3.2% to a six month low of €46.12 after the bank said it set aside more than $2.5 billion in reserves as it prepares to settle a set of legal disputes with the U.S. Department of Justice.

France's second-largest lender added €300 million ($350 million) to a fund that now sits at €2.2 billion in order to prepare for an agreement the DoJ on investigations related to a corruption scandal in Libya and the submission of false bids in the setting of interbank lending rates with the British Bankers Association.

In currency markets,  the euro was little-changed against the U.S. dollar at 1.1645 while the pound extended declines overnight to change hands at 1.3057 following the Bank of England's move to lift its key lending rate for the first time in a decade Thursday.

Overnight in Asia, volumes were thinner than normal owing to the closure of financial markets in Japan, however, a steady -- although unspectacular -- reading of services sector growth in China, alongside confirmation of Jerome Powell as President Donald Trump's preferred choice to replace Janet Yellen at the U.S. Federal Reserve, kept regional shares supported throughout the session.

The MSCI Asia ex-Japan index was marked 0.01% into the close of the session, hanging on to its highest levels in a decade.

Market reaction to the Republican tax cut plans, however, was more muted, with the dollar index, a measure of the greenback's strength against a basket of six global currencies, slipping 0.02% in Asia trade to 94.69 and benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields slipping to a 10-day low of 2.35%.