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Daily Analysis – Global Equities End Mixed, Commodities Gain

 November 09, 2011 09:08 AM


Equities

Monday opened the week on a down note in Asia, as concerns overItaly's debt burden pressured stocks.  The Nikkei fell .4% to 8767, the Kospi declined .5% and the ASX 200 eased .2%.  InChina, the Shanghai Composite fell .7% and the Hang Seng slumped .8%.

European markets recovered from steep losses to close modestly lower, boosted by rumors that Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi might resign.  The CAC40 and DAX both closed down .6% and the FTSE shed .3%. Italy's MIB index rallied 1.3%, overcoming early losses.

US stocks gained, with the Dow closing up 84 points to 12068.  The Nasdaq rose .3% and the S&P 500 gained .6%.  Healthcare shares rallied, after Amgen announced a $5 billion stock buyback plan.  Amgen shares surged 5.9% higher.

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Barnes & Noble announced an update to its Nook e-reader, intended to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.  Barnes & Noble shares fell 1.9%.

 

Treasuries and Commodities

Bonds closed slightly higher, with 10-year notes up 7/32 to yield 2.01%, and 30-year notes up 19/32 to yield 3.06%.

Crude oil climbed 1.5% to 95.65, and gasoline rallied 2.6% to 2.733, while natural gas fell 2.3% to 3.696.

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Precious metals posted significant gains, as gold advanced 2.4% to 1797.80, and silver climbed 2.6% to 34.965.  Copper edged up .2% to 3.5730.

Gold Continues to Climb

 

Currencies

The Swiss Franc tumbled 1.6% to 1.1098 after a Swiss government panel recommended the Swiss National Bank lift the EURCHF exchange floor from 1.20 to 1.30.  The EURCHF rate is currently 1.2413.  A strong Franc is threatening to push Switzerland into recession as it struggles to compete with its Euro-based peers.

The Dollar traded mixed against the other major currencies, as the Euro eased .1% to 1.3776, while the Pound rose .2% to 1.6054.  The Australian Dollar overcame an early loss of nearly 1% to close down fractionally at 1.03711, and the Canadian Dollar gained .6% to 1.0128.

 

Economic Outlook

Consumer credit was stronger than forecast climbing by $7.1 billion, after last month's sharp drop of $9.7 billion.

Tuesday's sole economic report is the TIPP Economic Optimism Report.

Earnings are due fromToyota, Amdocs, SINA, and Take Two Interactive.

 

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