Up by around 0.2%, futures on the CAC40 augur well for a cheerful opening on the heels of a session that saw the Parisian flagship index gain nearly 1.3% to 7,911 points, against a backdrop of general euphoria thanks to Nvidia's solid results.

As a reminder, the chipmaker's stock, a real locomotive for US markets in recent months, jumped 16.4% on Thursday, buoyed by the publication of an almost six-fold increase in EPS for its fourth accounting quarter.

"In a market where performance is highly concentrated, Nvidia's excellent results are certainly much more important for the short-term trajectory of the stock market than any statistics or central bank decisions", judges Christopher Dembik.

For the time being, all indications are that the rally will continue. The perceived economic downturn at the end of 2023 doesn't seem to be an issue for investors", continues the Pictet Asset Management economist.

Among the day's statistics, detailed German GDP data for the final quarter of 2023 and the Ifo German business climate index for February are due to be published later this morning.

In other stock news, Capgemini announces the extension of its strategic alliance with Unity, a platform for the creation and exploitation of interactive 3D content in real time, from which it will acquire its enterprise services business specialized in digital twins.

Bouygues Telecom announces an exclusive agreement with La Poste to acquire its subsidiary La Poste Telecom, the leading virtual operator on the French market, for an enterprise value of 963.4 million euros.

Investors will also be able to react to the annual results published Thursday evening by household appliances and cultural products retailer Fnac Darty, engineering and consulting firm Alten, and fastener manufacturer Lisi.

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