European stocks and US equity futures were steady as global shares headed for a second-straight quarterly gain. Consumer-related stocks outperformed and banks retreated as the Stoxx Europe 600 Index edged higher. Contracts on the S&P 500 were little changed. Technology shares have led the charge globally this quarter, surging 19%, the most since mid-2020. The dollar strengthened Friday, trimming some of its declines this month. Treasury yields steadied at the end of a quarter of wild swings. Euro-area inflation plunged by the most on record, but a new high for underlying price gains highlighted the tricky task facing the European Central Bank as it decides how far to lift interest rates. A team led by Beata Manthey upgraded US stocks to overweight from underweight on Friday as they “perform more defensively than other markets” during earnings recessions.