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26.07.2012 08:41

Stocks: Wednesday’s review

Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index headed for a four-day loss, amid concern Europe’s crisis is worsening and as the International Monetary Fund said China’s economy faces significant downside risks.

Nikkei 225 8,365.9 -122.19 -1.44%

S&P/ASX 200 4,123.9 -9.33 -0.23%

Shanghai Composite 2,136.15 -10.44 -0.49%

Suppliers to Apple Inc. tumbled after the company reported earnings that missed estimates.

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., an operator of ports and retail chains that gets 55 percent of its revenue in Europe, fell 2.4 percent in Hong Kong.

Toshiba Corp. paced losses among Apple suppliers. Sony Corp., Japan’s No. 1 exporter of consumer electronics, dropped to the lowest since 1980 after a report showed Japan had an unexpected trade surplus in June.

Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd., China’s second-biggest electronics retailer, plunged to an all-time low in Hong Kong after forecasting a first-half loss.

European stocks continued their decline, which has already lasted four days in a row. The fall was caused by walked out of the UK data, which showed that the economy in the second quarter declined most rapidly in the last three years, and data on the U.S. for the sale of new buildings that unexpectedly fell last month.

Shares of BT Group Plc (BT) fell 3.3% after the largest telecommunications provider in the UK announced a reduction of profits. Drax Group Plc (DRX) fell by 15% after the British government raised its subsidies for renewable energy by offering less financial support than predicted. Daimler AG (DAI) rose 4.1% after it became known that in the second quarter, sales increased by 10% to 28.9 billion euros ($ 35 billion). The third-largest producer of luxury cars also said that earnings before interest and taxes amounted to 2.24 billion euros, compared with analysts' expectations at 2.2 billion euros.

Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.1% to 250.39 at the close of trading.

FTSE 100 5,498.32 -0.91 -0.02% CAC 40 3,081.74 +7.06 +0.23% DAX 6,406.52 +16.11 +0.25%

Also, important news, which affected the decrease in the index were data on the IFO business climate index in Germany, which fell to its lowest level since March 2010. The index dropped to 103.3 from 105.2 in June.

Two-year note yield rose to Spain 7.15%, having risen above 7% for the first time since the introduction of the single currency.

Shares of GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) fell 1.3% to 1,426.5 pence, after reducing the projected level of sales for this year. London-based company said in the second quarter, earnings per share were 26.4 pence, which is lower than the average of analysts at 26.8 pence.

Shares of Informa Plc fell 5.3% to 350.4 pence after the company announced a reduction of profits.

The indices started the session growth, but later released data on housing sales in the U.S. in the primary market, which turned out to be worse than expected, put pressure on the indices.
Nevertheless, the indices were able to retreat from the lows reached in the background of a positive impact on the expectations of new measures by the central bank to stimulate national economies.
Yesterday edition of WSJ published an article stating that the Fed is ready to take measures aimed at stimulating economic growth and it may already occur in August or September meeting, the central bank. The possible actions are called buying mortgage bonds, promises to keep the federal funds rate for an even longer time or steps to reduce short-term rates even lower.
Diminished fear and respect of the debt crisis in Europe amid speculation that the granting of a banking license the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) will help solve the debt problems of the region. Today, a representative of the ECB Ewald Nowotny said the presence of arguments in favor of granting banking licenses ESM.
As part of DOW index most of the components in the black. Maximum growth stocks show Boeing Co. (BA, +2.72%), AT&T, Inc. (T, +2.19%), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO, +2.05%).
The greatest decrease in stocks exhibit the following companies:
Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ, -1.11%)
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, -0.99%)
Chevron Corporation (CVX, -0.44%)
Branches in the context of most sectors in positive territory. The leader is the sector conglomerates (0.6%). In red is the sector utilities (-0.1%) and consumer goods sector (-0.4%).
At the time of closure:
Dow +58.73 12,676.05 +0.47%
Nasdaq -8.75 2,854.24 -0.31%
S & P -0.41 1,337.90 -0.03%

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