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Japanese stocks rose for the first time in five days as exporters climbed on speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce additional measures to shore up the recovery in the world’s biggest economy.
Canon Inc. (7751) gained 3%.
Nintendo Co. jumped on speculation the shares have been oversold.
Inpex Corp. gained 2.9% after oil prices rose.
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) climbed 2.3%. The automaker also rose after saying it would collaborate with Ford Motor Co. to develop a hybrid system for pickup trucks.
Utilities rose after Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, a candidate to replace Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan, said the country may not be able to do without nuclear power.
Kansai Electric Power gained 2.8%.
Chubu Electric Power Co. advanced 1.9%.
European stocks rose for a second day amid continuing speculation the Federal Reserve will take action to bolster the economy and as Chinese manufacturing data exceeded forecasts.
UBS AG (UBSN) advanced 2.1% after saying it plans to cut 3,500 jobs to trim costs.
Charter International Plc (CHTR) soared 20% as the welding and automation-equipment maker said it’s in takeover talks with a potential rival bidder to Melrose Plc.
National Bank of Greece SA (ETE) sank to a 14-year low as the nation’s bonds fell.
Chinese manufacturing may contract at a slower pace in August as the world’s second-biggest economy weathers slumping global confidence, according to a preliminary purchasing- managers index compiled by HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics. The reading of 49.8 for August compared with 49.3 last month.
A composite index based on a survey of euro-area purchasing managers in both services and manufacturing remained at 51.1 in August, while economists had forecast a drop to 50.
Stocks pared their advance as a gauge of German investor confidence fell more than economists forecast to the lowest in more than 2 1/2 years in August on concern Europe’s debt crises will curb growth.
The ZEW Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim said its index of investor and analyst expectations dropped to -37.6 from -15.1 in July. That’s the lowest since December 2008.
U.S. stocks rose, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index up the most in a week, as investors speculated the Federal Reserve will act to spur the economy and the government’s list of “problem” banks declined for the first time since 2006.
Monsanto Co. (MON), Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) added at least 3%.
The Morgan Stanley Cyclical Index climbed 2.2%, breaking a five-day losing streak.
Financial shares in the S&P 500 reversed losses, rising 2.4%.
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) pared its loss to 2.3% from 6.4%.
Stocks briefly pared gains after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in Virginia shook Washington and New York.
Central bankers from around the world meet this week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a conference that last year resulted in Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaling a second round of asset purchases, known as QE2, that buoyed asset markets.
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