Market Update & Important Indicators:
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed intraday as a jump in shares of oil-and-gas companies helped offset selling across the technology sector. The blue-chip index rose 95 points, or 0.4%, to 25241 after closing at its highest level in nearly three months Wednesday. The S&P 500 fell 0.1% and the Nasdaq Composite lost 1.1%, pressured by a slide in technology shares. Stocks have attempted to break higher in recent days as investors have bet that threats of tighter trade policies won't be a significant drag on global growth. The news that the U.S. and China reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications company ZTE to do business again was a bright spot for investors hoping for diffused trade tensions. The US Gold price was up 0.1% to 1,296.80 US$/oz.
European shares edged lower as the euro rose against the dollar following hawkish comments by the European Central Bank. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.2%, or 0.94 point, to 385.94 after ECB policy makers predicted higher wage growth and rising inflation, while hinting at a potential winding down of stimulus this year. Germany's DAX fell 0.1% and France's CAC 40 dropped 0.2%.
Broad stock gains in Asia turned up a notch, with the region logging its best day of the week. Benchmarks rose at least 0.5% except for Taiwan, where the Taiex gained 0.45% thanks to a late-day rally. Stocks rose as investors bet the global economy will be able to shake off continuing tensions in international trade. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.7% while Japan's Nikkei Stock Average finished up 0.9%. Indian shares extended gains, tracking the rise in other global markets. The S&P BSE ended 0.8% higher at 35463.08. The gains in the index also reflect the relief that the uncertainty over the central bank's rate hike decision and near-term policy outlook is gone.
Resources stocks again took the lead, driving Australia's benchmark to a third gain this week and a 2 1/2-week closing high. Though it faded modestly in the afternoon, the S&P/ASX 200 still rose 0.5% to settle at 6057.3. The energy and materials sector each advanced 1.3%, and there was coordinated buying that helped the major banks recover, even if CBA again lagged its peers and the wider market. Fortescue slipped 1.3% following news it paid a premium for a 20% stake in Atlas Iron and opposed a takeover deal for the smaller miner on current terms; Atlas slumped 13% after initial gains.
Base metal prices had mixed performance on the London Metal Exchange. The strongest gains were seen in the 3-month copper contact that rose 1.7% to 7,331/t, along with tin that gained 1.7% to 21,423/t. In contrast, the price of aluminium price slipped 1.7% to 2,303/t while nickel lost 0.7% to 15,456/t. Zinc fell 0.2% to 3,205/t.
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