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European stocks rose for a third day, the longest winning streak in five weeks, as Moody’s Investors Service kept its investment-grade debt rating on Spain and U.S. new-home construction surged to a four-year high.
Moody’s kept an investment-grade credit rating on Spain late yesterday, citing a reduction in the risk of losing market access because of the ECB’s willingness to buy the nation’s debt.
New-home construction in the U.S. surged in September to the highest level in four years. Starts jumped 15 percent to an 872,000 annual rate last month, the most since July 2008 and exceeding all forecasts of economists, Commerce Department figures showed today. The median estimate of 81 economists surveyed called for a reading of 770,000.
In the U.K., jobless claims unexpectedly fell in September and a wider measure of unemployment dropped to the lowest rate in more than a year as the London Olympics helped push employment to a record.
National benchmark indexes rose in 16 of the 18 western European markets. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 (UKX) gained 0.7 percent, Germany’s DAX increased 0.3 percent and France’s CAC 40 climbed 0.8 percent. Spain’s IBEX 35 surged 2.4 percent.
Waertsilae soared 8.1 percent to 29.02 euros in Helsinki, the biggest increase since November. The company reported third- quarter earnings that exceeded estimates and boosted its full- year sales-growth forecast.
Peugeot climbed 4.1 percent to 6.03 euros. Banks may delay the repayment of 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in loans from Peugeot’s credit division, Banque PSA Finance, Le Figaro reported, without saying where it got the information. The automaker is examining funding options for the unit, said Jean- Baptiste Mounier, a spokesman for Peugeot.
Danone dropped 3 percent to 47.33 euros, the largest decrease since Aug. 2. The world’s biggest yogurt maker reported third-quarter revenue growth that missed analysts’ estimates as sales of dairy products in Spain and Italy fell. Revenue adjusted for acquisitions, divestments and currency swings rose 5 percent, the Paris-based company said, trailing the 6.1 percent average of 15 forecasts.
ASML Holding NV dropped 5.3 percent to 39.15 euros as Europe’s biggest semiconductor-equipment maker forecast fourth- quarter sales of about 1 billion euros, trailing estimates of 1.16 billion euros. The company’s gross-margin outlook was 41 percent, compared with a 42.6 percent estimate. Separately, ASML agreed to buy Cymer Inc. for 1.95 billion euros.
TeliaSonera AB , Sweden’s biggest phone company, slipped 1.6 percent to 45.40 kronor after it reported third-quarter earnings that missed analysts’ projections because of slowing sales
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