Market Update & Important Indicators
U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, led by gains in technology shares. Investors betting on central-bank action have helped push riskier assets such as stocks higher in recent weeks after the U.K.'s surprise vote to leave the European Union in June triggered a market selloff. Better-than-expected U.S. economic data and corporate earnings have also boosted share s. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed to another record close Tuesday in its longest winning streak in three years. But daily gains have been relatively small recently. The blue-chip index has had one move of 1% or more in either direction so far this month, compared with six such moves in June. The S&P 500's technology sector was the index's biggest gainer, rising 1.5%. In European markets, The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 1% Wednesday.
Asian shares largely ended Wednesday lower, with a sharp rise in the U.S. dollar sending traders to the sidelines ahead of key earnings in Japan. The Nikkei Stock Average closed down 0.3% while Korea's Kospi ended down 0.1%. The Shanghai Composite closed down 0.3% as well. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1%. The Nikkei continues to pull back from hefty gains made the week after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's big election victory. His ruling coalition on July 10 secured a bigger majority in Japan's upper house, boosting hopes for an economic stimulus. The yen recovered slightly against the U.S. dollar to trade at 106.19 per USD as investors sought the safety of the currency during a slightly off markets day. The People's Bank of China surprised the market Wednesday, setting the yuan 0.04% stronger despite the rally in the greenback.
Australian shares rose as strength in consumer and healthcare stocks offset weakness in the mining sector. The S&P/ASX 200 ended up 37.4 points, or 0.7%, at 5488.7 on Wednesday, resuming its upward trajectory after yesterday's brief pause broke an eight-session winning streak. After a mixed performance from U.S. indexes, the local bourse started lower as weaker iron ore prices weighed on the miners, then edged higher during the session as the big banks also rose, supported by good results from Goldman Sachs in the U.S. overnight.
Copper futures closed lower in London, pressured by a stronger dollar and a pickup in production in China, the world's top copper consumer. The London Metal Exchange's three-month copper contract was 0.36% lower at $4,966/t at the PM kerb close. Other base metals were mixed. Aluminium closed 1.3% lower at $1,610/t, zinc was up 0.1% at $2,240/t, nickel was up 0.2% at $10,549/t, lead was down 0.3% at $1,845/t, and tin was up 0.7% at $17,804/t.
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