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04.10.2012 07:24

Stocks: Wednesday’s review

 

 

Asian stocks fell as Chinese services industries expanded at the weakest pace since at least March 2011 and Spain’s prime minister said that a bailout request isn’t imminent.

China’s non-manufacturing industries expanded at the weakest pace since at least March 2011 as officials struggle to reverse a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Nikkei 225 8,746.87 -39.18 -0.45%

S&P/ASX 200 4,438.56 +5.58 +0.13%

Shanghai Composite Closed

Companies that do business in Europe dropped. Canon slid 1.9 percent to 2,555 yen in Tokyo. Shimano Inc., a Japanese bicycle parts maker that counts Europe as its biggest market, fell 0.6 percent to 5,420 yen.

Among stocks that fell, Daiichi Sankyo sank 5.4 percent to 1,191 yen in Tokyo. A panel of scientific advisers recommended an early end to the trial of a lung-cancer medicine the Japanese company is trying to develop with ArQule Inc., a Massachusetts- based maker of experimental drugs.

 

European stocks fluctuated between gains and losses as U.S. reports on private hiring and services- industry growth beat estimates, offsetting Spain’s stance that it won’t ask for a sovereign bailout soon. In the U.S., a report from ADP Employer Services showed that private employers hired 162,000 workers in September after revised numbers showed they signed up 189,000 the prior month. Last month’s figure beat the average forecast for 140,000 in a Bloomberg survey.

EasyJet Plc, Europe’s second-biggest discount airline, rose 3.1 percent as full-year earnings beat its forecasts.

BTG Plc gained the most in more than 10 months after increasing its financial-year revenue forecast.

FirstGroup Plc plunged 20 percent after Britain’s biggest train operator was stripped of the country’s premier express route.


U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index higher for a third day, as better- than-forecast growth in American employment and service industries offset concern about China’s economy.

U.S. equities rose after ADP Employer Services said companies added 162,000 jobs last month, topping the median forecast of 38 economists surveyed by Bloomberg for a 140,000 advance. Service industries in the U.S. expanded more than forecast in September.

The data come two days before the Labor Department’s September payrolls report is published. The jobless rate in the U.S. probably rose to 8.2 percent last month from 8.1 percent in August, as employers kept a lid on hiring, economists said. Payrolls increased by 115,000 in September, less than the 139,000 average over the first eight months of the year, the report may also show.

Over the two years ended August, ADP’s initial release has understated or overstated the Labor Department’s initial private payroll figure by an average of 66,000, according to Bloomberg calculations. The average miss by economists in the Bloomberg survey over the same period was 58,000.

S&P 500 1,450.91 +5.16 +0.36%

NASDAQ Composite 3,135.73 +15.69 +0.50%

Dow Jones 13,494.71 +12.35 +0.09%


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