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Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index headed for the biggest slide in a month, after Premier Wen Jiabao said China’s economy faces “relatively large” downward pressure and Japanese machinery orders fell the most in a decade.
Nikkei 225 8,896.88 -123.87 -1.37%
S&P/ASX 200 4,118.3 -39.51 -0.95%
Shanghai Composite 2,170.81 -52.77 -2.37%
BHP Billiton Ltd. the world’s biggest mining company, slid 1.9 percent as metals prices dropped following a U.S. jobs report that showed hiring isn’t increasing fast enough to lower the unemployment rate.
China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. led declines among Chinese developers traded in Hong Kong after Wen pledged to prevent home prices rebounding.
Iluka Resources Ltd. tumbled 24 percent after the world’s biggest zircon producer cut its sales forecast for the mineral by as much as 50 percent.
European stocks decline fourth consecutive day, as industrial orders in Japan fell to a ten-year minimum.
Shares of Metro AG (MEO), which is Germany's largest retailer, fell to its lowest level in three years. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index (SXXP) fell by 0.4%, as the yield on 10-year bond climbed above Spain 7%. Recall that the threshold is higher than 7% inspired, Greece, Ireland and Portugal to request a financial aid package. .
National indexes fell in 14 out of 18 western European markets.
FTSE 100 5,631.47 -31.16 -0.55% CAC 40 3,161.17 -7.62 -0.24% DAX 6,396.58 -13.53 -0.21%
In connection with these events shares Bankia SA (BKIA) the third largest Spanish bank fell by 1.8% to 83.4 euro cents. And shares of Banco Santander SA (SAN) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA) fell 1.7% to 4.82 euro and by 1.4% to 05.11 euros, respectively.
Today, the largest increase in shares of telecommunications companies showed: Telecom Italia SpA (TIT) grew by 3.9% to 75.35 euro cents, France Telecom SA (FTE) increased by 0.9% to 10.27 euros, Vestas (VWS) Wind Systems A / S increased by 2.4%.
JJB Sports Plc (JJB) dropped by 25% to 7.38 pence after the information that sales have fallen down more than expected.
Michael Page International Plc (MPI) fell by 3.8% to 350.9 pence, as the gross margin fell to 6.6% in the second quarter with the same period last year.
Shares of BAE Systems Plc - Britain's biggest arms company, rose 1.4% to 296.9 pence.
U.S. stocks fell, giving benchmark indexes the longest slump in more than a month, after a jump in Spanish bond yields above 7 percent intensified concern about Europe’s crisis and as investors awaited Alcoa Inc.’s results.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slid 0.2 percent to 1,352.46 at 4 p.m. New York time. The measure dropped 1.6 percent in three days for the longest slump since June 1. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 36.18 points, or 0.3 percent, to 12,736.29. Volume for exchange-listed stocks in the U.S. was 5.1 billion shares, 24 percent below the three-month average.
Stocks joined a global slump as the yield on Spain’s 10- year bond rose above the threshold that prompted bailouts in Greece, Ireland and Portugal. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble dismissed a rapid move toward direct bank recapitalization by the European rescue fund, limiting the tools for shoring up Spanish banks as the euro-area crisis simmers.
Alcoa advanced 0.2 percent at 5:46 p.m. New York time after earnings and revenue analysts’ beat estimates.
Exxon Mobil Corp. and DuPont Co. dropped more than 1.3 percent to pace losses among the biggest companies.
The largest payment networks Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. slumped at least 1.3 percent after being downgraded at UBS AG.
Patriot Coal Corp. plunged 72 percent before it filed for bankruptcy protection.
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