Stocks: Tuesday's review
Japan’s stocks rebounded from a two-and-a-half-year low after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the region has enough “weaponry” to keep its debt crisis from spreading.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Japan’s largest lender by market value, advanced 2.5 percent.
Fanuc Corp., the world’s biggest maker of machine-tool controls, gained 2.3 percent, recovering part of a 15 percent loss last week.
Elpida Memory Inc. led chip-related companies higher on signs semiconductor prices have bottomed.
The Nikkei 225 rose 1 percent to 8,616.55, rebounding from the lowest level since April 2009 yesterday. The broader Topix gained 1.2 percent to 749.82 after Trichet signaled support for the banking system, saying: “We have the weaponry to provide what is necessary.”
While Italian officials have had talks with Chinese counterparts about potential investment in the euro region’s third-largest economy, the purchase of Italian bonds by China was not the focus of the discussion, an Italian official said on condition of anonymity.
Japanese banks gained on speculation the ECB will prevent Europe’s sovereign debt crisis from spreading to the financial sector. Mitsubishi UFJ advanced 2.5 percent to 331 yen. Smaller Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. climbed 1.2 percent to 2,105 yen.
Among decliners, Nintendo Co. sank 5.1 percent to 12,320 yen after analysts said the company will probably sell fewer 3-D handheld game players than it’s targeting because price cuts and new accessories will fail to make up for a lack of hit titles.
European stocks close: FTSE 5,174 +44.63 +0.87%, CAC 2,895 +40.12 +1.41%, DAX 5,166 +94.03 +1.85%.
European stocks rose for the first time in three days, with the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index rebounding from a two-year low, as banking shares advanced.
Today national benchmark indexes rose in every western-European market except Greece, Iceland and Norway.
Societe Generale SA and Deutsche Bank AG jumped more than 8 percent. Chief Executive Officer os Societe Generale said that the bank has sufficient capital and liquidity, and that its balance sheet is solid.
Deutsche Boerse AG jumped 3 percent after news that NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse plan to make about 200 million euros, or half of the proposed cost cuts from their combination.
Despite choppy trade, US stocks scored strong gains today. The effort made for the market's first back-to-back advance of the month.
Caution related to precarious fiscal and financial conditions in Europe initially kept stocks in check this morning, but before long bank stocks and other financial issues began to bounce, providing an impetus for the broad market to make its way higher. Although the move encountered challenges from sellers, stocks showed resilience by staging a gradual climb to close near session highs. Stocks were helped by headlines that suggested BRIC countries are in talks to purchase eurozone debt.
For the second straight session the Nasdaq outperformed its counterparts. Its strength came as semiconductor stocks extended their prior session climb, taking the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index 2% higher to its best level in one month.
Industrial stocks were the best performers in the broad market. As a group, they climbed 2.0%.
Energy stocks and consumer staples stocks lagged all session. The two sectors settled with gains of 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively. Best Buy (BBY 23.35, -1.61) was one of the poorest individual names following disappointing quarterly earnings results, which caused many analysts to reconsider the retailer's business structure.